Autonomous vehicles have had a profound impact across the global mining sector, providing efficiency dividends and safety records that were once considered as one further failsafe against a downturn of the Australian economy. Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers though have already witnessed a shift in their employment status as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles make capable sensing an environment and navigating with little or no human input. As radar, lidar, GPS, odometry and computer vision technologies meld with machinery, a very real threat is now facing Australian Aboriginal communities, that of cyborg CEO consortia from afar operating fleets of autonomous vehicles taking resources off country.
Hayes, Alexander (2016): On Country: Aboriginal Communities, Mining and Artificial Intelligence. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3435458.v1