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Issue 9: October 2023

From the Director

Justine Lacey smiling at the camera wearing black shirt and red lipstick. She is standing in front of a black background.

Welcome to the latest from CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform (RI FSP).

In August, it was a pleasure to be part of Something Digital - Queensland's innovation festival - again. This annual event focuses on digital innovation as the bridge between technology and humanity. In working with this team over the last four years, we have seen the focus on responsible innovation grow significantly as a core part of the way we think about how technologies are changing the world around us.

For me, this year’s highlight was seeing our own Chief Scientist, Professor Bronwyn Fox, chart the course of responsible innovation through some of our major critical technologies – robotics, AI and quantum – in front of a packed house at The Tivoli in Brisbane. We brought some fantastic CSIRO speakers to the stage to share their insights on critical technologies and showcase new research being developed in our Collaborative Intelligence Future Science Platform.

In keeping with the digital innovation theme, it has been exciting to see the first responsible digital credentials being awarded to Indigenous women rangers in Northern Australia. This Indigenous-led responsible innovation has been possible through a partnership between CSIRO, the North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance and Charles Darwin University.

And in a recent podcast, our colleagues Cara Stitzlein and Simon Fielke shared their insights on implementing responsible innovation in the development of digital tools for farmers. In reflecting on what responsible innovation has looked like in their own practice, they examine the linkages between ‘innovating responsibly’ and issues of agricultural data privacy, reliability, and big data applications now and into the future.

We have also been sharing our research insights with the rest of the world. Melanie McGrath has recently returned from Europe, where she attended three conferences sharing her latest research on the role trust plays in effective human-machine teaming. And we are kicking off an exciting new project with our Quantum Technologies FSP on understanding quantum readiness across Australian industry sectors.

Finally, please enjoy this profile on Mitch Scovell and learn more about his research on the social aspects of Australia's transition to hydrogen energy.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr Justine Lacey

A snapshot from Something Digital

Researchers from the RI FSP and beyond gathered in Brisbane for a festival of big ideas, with a keynote address from CSIRO Chief Scientist Bronwyn Fox.

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Understanding quantum readiness across Australian industry sectors

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