This policy primer has been prepared by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering to provide a case for the Australian government to highlight emerging digital technologies as a national science priority. It also contains advice to policy-makers on how to support the national digital technology research community.
This policy primer focuses on emerging digital technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality, blockchain and 5G, which are transforming traditional industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, waste management, transport, finance, education and health. These digital technologies are considered ‘emerging’ as they are not yet at a stage where they can be considered commoditised compared with mature digital innovations such as 3D printing, mobile computing, drones or GPS.
This primer also provides advice to policy-makers on how to support the national digital technology research community, through the following key recommendations:
- Elevate emerging digital technologies as a national science and innovation priority.
- Include research and innovation in emerging digital technologies in the 2021 Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
- Recognise emerging digital technologies as an independent growth sector.