Artificial intelligence hub designed for future Queensland jobs
Advancing into the future of AI doesn’t need to be scary with serious upskilling taking place in Queensland to address employment gaps.
A cutting-edge artificial intelligence hub will be built as part of a plan to upskill more Queensland workers for the AI sector which is screaming for properly trained people.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says plans for the hub were already attracting great interest from global corporate giants. Corporates are keen to invest in the Advance Queensland AI Hub at the newly expanded Precinct in Fortitude Valley.
Queensland has a shortage of talent in the artificial intelligence space. Currently we have up to eight times more AI jobs on offer in the state than people with the right skills available to fill them
“That’s why we’re investing now to make sure we keep those jobs in Queensland,” says the Premier.
Artificial Intelligence is an umbrella term for a range of technologies allowing machines to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.
“This can include robotics, machine learning, speech recognition and other technologies like remote monitoring of the growth needs of agricultural crops,” says Ms Palaszczuk.
“We are working hard to train and skill workers to embrace this technology which is changing the way we do business.
“We’ve provided seed funding and have allocated floorspace in the expansion of The Precinct to accommodate the new AI Hub as part of our $650 million Advance Queensland initiative.”
Advance Queensland is a whole-of-government program to foster innovation and build a more diversified Queensland economy, creating jobs now and for the future.
Innovation Minister Kate Jones says the new AI Hub would serve as a training centre and a place for businesses to network.
“Not only will this hub create jobs for Queenslanders by upskilling them to fill the AI skills gap, it will also help AI startups to scale up to meet global demand for this technology,” explains Ms Jones.
The AI Hub will provide a co-working space for startups along with mentoring and international networking opportunities.
“It will also help to attract investment into Queensland startups and innovative local companies with AI-based solutions for global markets.
“The seed funding provided by the government will act as a catalyst for co-investment by the private sector.
“Already we have seen expressions of interest from major international corporations as well as Australian companies and universities.
“Specialised training courses will also be offered out of the AI Hub for Queensland industry and public sector organisations.”
Griffith University Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Adjunct Associate Professor Dr Kelvin Ross, says there is massive industry investment in AI and those organisations using AI technologies will have a market advantage.
“Over coming decades we will see an explosion of AI and machine learning technologies changing the way we work, which will lead to incredible economic and community benefits,” says Dr Ross.
As a researcher, investor and employer I am excited about the global opportunities available in pursuing AI innovation in Queensland given our local capabilities for talent, technology and entrepreneurship.