Westpac joins AI consortium

The consortium backs responsible use of AI

Westpac joins AI consortium


By Mina Martin

Westpac has become one of six founding members forming a consortium of businesses promoting the adoption of artificial intelligence within financial services, along with UNSW, Amazon Web Services, Databricks, Ignition, BrewAI, and Cognitivo Consulting.

Called the UNSW AI Fintech Hub, the consortium will bring together industry-leading researchers and businesses to tackle emerging challenges associated with AI.

“AI is becoming more and more advanced and with that is a need to ensure it is used in the right way, ‘AI for Good.’” said David Walker, Westpac Group chief technology officer. “We are incredibly excited to participate with UNSW and tap into the expertise of the consortium to solve important and complex problems across the sector, from helping customers, to reducing risk, and supporting businesses with their sustainability priorities. One of our first goals, for example, is to help organisations measure their transition to net-zero by developing quantitative tools and AI models that can offer more accurate and sector-specific carbon accounting estimations.”

Eric Lim, senior lecturer at UNSW Business School, said the developments in the AI and fintech space are exciting.

“AI represents an extension of our physical lives into a virtual domain,” Lim said. “For AI to serve humanity we must always consider how it is applied, and ensure AI serves as part of a critical and ethical infrastructure for the new web3 economy.”

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