Keeping humanity in technology.

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Master making robots feel guilty.

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Soon, machines may fear a human takeover.

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Don’t worry. We also have a nuclear physicist.

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How to make machines play nice?

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Who is building, managing and decommissioning our Ai-enabled future?

This question is at the heart of our mission. Located within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University we are guiding and accelerating into existence a new branch of engineering centred on cyber-physical systems and artificial intelligence. Our mission is to build the skills and knowledge we need to help shape the future safely, sustainably, responsibly.

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Explore different ways into education and training – from training a new type of engineer to bringing skills development to the broadest cross-section of society.

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Conduct novel research and connecting existing research to yield insights that lead to action.


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Bring together people from different places, backgrounds and disciplines to activate a systems approach to safely, sustainably and responsibly building the kind of world we want to live in.

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Why do we need a newbranch of engineering?

As people invent, commercialise and operationalise new technologies, new practitioners emerge to manage them. Just as the invention of programmable computers led to the professionalisation of software engineers, cyber-physical systems will lead to a new type of engineer. 

We don’t know what this new type of engineering will be called yet, but we know we need it if we are to build a safe, sustainable and responsible future.
And we know that we need to be explicit about values along the way. So we are shaping a different set of conversations about people and technology, conversations that will include voices from unexpected places.
How else can we navigate this data-driven, digital world, and make it into a place that reflects all our humanity, all our cultures and all our cares, and ensures that we are responsible custodians of planet earth?  

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The 3A Institute is located in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University
in Canberra, Australia. Please use the contact form to get in touch or call us on +61 2 6125 8551