3A Institute

In 2017, the 3A Institute was created as the first of the innovation institutes at the Australian National University, intended as structures adjacent to established research and teaching programs to explore new education models and pathways towards the application of research.


3Ai sits within the School of Cybernetics - one of three schools at the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) - and seeks to reimagine a new type of engineering and computing, one that is custom built and fit for the middle of the 21st century.


Who is building, managing and decommissioning our AI-enabled future? This question is at the heart of the 3Ai's mission. 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 and responsibly. 


The Master of Applied Cybernetics is the flagship program of the 3A Institute. It is an experiment in education that is bringing together people from a range of disciplines, professional backgrounds and life experiences to help shape what a new branch of engineering might look like. Rather than simply imagining and theorising what a more responsible, sustainable future for AI might look like, 3Ai is bringing it into existence through education. 


Asking the right questions


As we stand on the brink of cyber-physical systems at scale, we need to start by asking the right questions.  


Since the inception of the 3A Institute in 2017, we have been exploring and refining the questions that are central to a new branch of engineering to ensure the safe, sustainable and responsible development of cyber-physical systems. These questions look beyond the software and hardware in the lab, and contemplate what happens when technologies are let loose on the world – are taken up by many different organisations and governments, are connected to other intelligent systems, and go to other places in the world from where they were designed. 


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