The past decade has seen such exponential growth in technology and applications of artificial intelligence, it can sometimes be overwhelming to evaluate their impacts, large and small. The contributions to Artificial Intelligence for Better or Worse examine a range of areas that have experienced enormous changes and continue to be shaped by AI. The positive uses of AI, such as the ability to monitor events in the natural world to better assess how we can care for our surroundings, and the myriad applications available in healthcare, are remarkable. Yet the misuse and intrusiveness of AI, undertaken by many actors, including governments and corporations, is a daily concern. The authors in this book provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges of AI, with suggestions and recommendations for dealing with the concerns they raise.
Valuing Australia’s National Heritage describes the progressive
development of a national heritage consciousness from
early settlement onwards. It shows the different ways this
consciousness led to national heritage protection for natural
areas, Indigenous places and historic sites. The book describes
the origins and development of the Australian Heritage
Commission and includes a personal memoir describing the
author’s role in helping to establish the Commission and set
it on its future course.
Valuing Australia’s National Heritage laments the current
neglect of national heritage, the apparent unwillingness to
add places to the national lists, and the complete inadequacy
of funding available. It concludes with suggestions for more
enlightened policies. The book includes images of UNESCO World Heritage listed sites including of Lord Howe Island by Jack Shick.
We live in an uncertain world with change occurring faster than
most of us would like. The changes encompass political, social,
medical, technological and environmental domains that have an
impact on us all. Fragility and Hope in a World of Uncertainty seeks
to provide a measured and timely response to our concerns, with
contributions from well-known Australians who care deeply
about the issues that continue to challenge us, including climate
change, generational and gender inequality,mental health, and
nuclear weapons. The selection of essays in the second part of the
book showcases the themes and talent of the Young Writers who
participated in the Future Leaders Writing Prizes.
There is an explosion of knowledge in human genetics. Today scientists can assess all three billion chemicals of the whole genome in any individual in a matter of hours. This can result in prediction of future disease allowing individuals to take steps to prevent or at least minimise the risk of problems from genetic disease. Testing can prevent future generations from having a familial disease through testing of an established pregnancy or through use of in vitro fertilisation.
However, there are major ethical and legal issues arising from genetic testing.
Genes for Life, written by Australian and International academics and writers, provides information about the latest advances in genetics, how people can benefit and, conversely, be harmed by this ever evolving and exciting technology.
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