In the process of preparing an Academy Digital Forum Action Statement on “Positioning Australia as a leading digital nation”, selected Academy Fellows in the Digital Futures Forum were invited to provide advice on the present status in Australia of their specialist digital technology area. These Specialist Advisors represented Fellows with outstanding expertise in approximately 20 areas of digital technology.
The Specialist Advisors were asked to contribute brief answers to the following questions in regard to their specialist area.
Q1: Summarise the main technology in your area of interest and where you believe Australian research is world class and influential.
Q2: How do you see this technology area developing globally over the next 3-5 years and how Australia could play a role?
Q3: What businesses and government agencies are most likely to benefit from uptake of this technology?
Q4: Suggest methods by which the research community might act as technology ambassadors to help businesses become aware of and adopt the technology.
The Specialist Advisors’ responses are summarized in this document. It presents a series of expert statements regarding the current status of digital technology research and application in this country.