Research into the social consequences of robotics and artificial intelligence.


Technological innovations in networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic devices are unleashing a transformation in work and employment as far-reaching as the industrial revolution. Automation in the workforce is not new, but technological developments (especially breakthroughs in robotics) now threaten entire professions. This research will investigate the social consequences of robotics and AI, exploring the digital capability of Australia and the skills needed to prepare the future workforce to compete in a global economy increasingly shaped by technological automation.


' They have taught robots to cooperate ' by Peter Larsson ( CC BY 3.0 ), via Wikimedia Commons.

'They have taught robots to cooperate' by Peter Larsson (CC BY 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Why this research now?

There are a number of unique aspects of our current period that make robotic and AI technologies an extremely disruptive, and potentially productive, social and economic force.

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' Sterling Heights Assembly Plant ' by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Corporate ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ), via Flickr.

'Sterling Heights Assembly Plant' by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Corporate (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0), via Flickr.


Find out how you can participate in this exciting research project. People are currently being recruited to share their stories about their involvement with robotic and AI technology.

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Banner Image:  'Virgin Voyage - Land Rover Celebrates Production of First New Discovery Sport' by Land Rover MENA (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.