Australia, famous for its coral reefs and koala bears, is also home to some of the world’s most brazen banks. The Royal Commission that spent months investigating the actions of the nation’s top banks uncovered a hornet’s nest of misconduct and customer exploitation. Needless to say, remedial steps are in effect, and the banks involved have been left with little choice but to take swift corrective measures.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Rarely has a technology been met with the excitement and trepidation that AI has. Because artificial intelligence not only matches but can surpass human intelligence, it is exciting as a means to improve speed, save cost and maximize accuracy—but menacing for its potential to displace human workers. Banks are embracing AI for its staggering benefits, while also acknowledging that it creates a few wrinkles that need ironing out.
On November 15, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) held its annual general meeting (AGM), during which a small but notable protest vote emerged against the bank’s board appointments and executive remunerations.