February, 2018

Innovation Is Still On The Government’s Agenda

February 27th, 2018

The Turnbull government’s “ideas boom” was not a hit with voters, with disruption being seen as either unrelatable or frightening by many. However, in a February 2018 interview with the Australian Financial Review, Michaelia Cash, Minister for Innovation and Jobs, advised that innovation was still an important part of the government’s agenda. Cash has been reassuring Australians that innovation and new technology have indeed been shown to create jobs, rather than reduce them. Senator Cash said that the majority of […]

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innovAGEING – Australia’s First Aged Care Innovation Network

February 22nd, 2018

Australia’s ageing population means that over 1 million aged care staff will be needed by 2050. This presents numerous opportunities for technological and service-based change in the sector. innovAGEING is Australia’s first innovation network for aged care services and aims to encourage progressive thinkers and practitioners in the industry. The innovAGEING program aims to improve the lives of the elderly, helping them to maintain their independence and allowing them to have more say in their way of living. It promotes the […]

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CSL Calls On Government to Maintain R&D Tax Incentive

February 19th, 2018

Australian biotechnology company CSL is supportive of the 2030 Strategic Plan to increase Australia’s level of innovation, but has requested that the government retain the R&D tax incentive for businesses and provide more support to scientists to make a real impact. Chief Executive Paul Perreault stated that, “It’s really about making sure that the R&D done here is actually translated into patient care and commercialised.” He believes that the government’s short-term thinking is why some of the country’s best scientists are […]

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Could robots soon replace humans?

February 14th, 2018

The times for people needing human companionship may soon be over as the research and development team at Fuji Xerox are determined to build companions for humans in the form of a robots. This will be one of the longest studies ever of day to day human interaction with a social robot in order to gain full understanding of a person’s emotional requirements. Dr Roshan Thapliya believes the component in building a robot that can satisfy human emotional expectations lies […]

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