ADM+S research cited in Australian Government’s Interim Response to Safe and Responsible AI paper

Author  Natalie Campbell
Date 19 January 2024

The Australian Government has published its interim response to the Safe and Responsible AI in Australia consultation, citing the ADM+S submission, and the Generative AI Rapid Response Report co-led by Prof Julian Thomas and Prof Jean Burgess.

The interim report released 17 January 2024, highlights key findings from more than 500 submissions to the Safe and Responsible AI discussion paper.

The discussion paper was released in June 2023 by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, seeking submissions and consultation in response to rapid changes in the industry.

The interim report explains, “while artificial intelligence (AI) is forecast to grow our economy, there is low public trust that AI systems are being designed, developed, deployed and used safely and responsibly.

“This acts as a handbrake on business adoption, and public acceptance [and] more needs to be done to ensure that the development and deployment of AI is safe and responsible.”

The report features a visualisation of the development lifecycle of AI systems (page 10), drawing on the submission from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, led by Prof Kim Weatherall.

The diagram provides a visual representation of the AI lifecycle and identifies harms that may occur at each stage.

AI Product Lifecycle and Associated Harms diagram
Image description: Diagram of impacts through AI lifecycle, from Interim Response report (2024).

The Interim Report also cites the Generative AI Rapid Response Report when discussing the opportunities of AI. The report, commissioned in February 2023 by Australia’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), outlines the ways in which AI is already benefitting society and our economy. From analysing medical images, optimising engineering designs and better forecasting and managing natural emergencies.

ADM+S’s contributions to this report seek to prompt government interventions around the risks of AI, and inform government consideration on how regulatory systems can promote responsible, ethical, and inclusive AI and automated decision-making systems for all Australians.

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