It seems nearly every day new articles appear about robots and software replacing human workers.
From taxis to aeroplanes, insurance companies to operating theatres, artificial intelligence is stepping in to automate our work. Are humans about to be made redundant? Will we get a nice redundancy package? What are governments and companies doing to protect human rights? When is it okay for a machine to kill? Is AI going bring us closer to utopia or throw us into a nightmare of automated killing machines?
Join an ethicist, an AI researcher and a science fiction author to discuss where AI is driving us and who, if anyone, is behind the wheel.
About the Speakers
- David Henley is an author and illustrator, his books include the breakout trilogy, The Hunt for Pierre Jnr, as well as numerous illustrated books. David’s books explore themes of technological evolution, species diversification and takes the ‘all-powerful creepy child’ theme to a scary new level. His books are inspired by authors such as Philip K Dick, Peter F Hamilton, Robert Heinlein and Matsumune Shirow. He loves science, science fiction and the future.
- Professor Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence and Professor of AI at the School of CSE in UNSW. He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. He is the author of It’s Alive! Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots (2017).
- Professor John Forge is now an honorary associate in History of Philosophy and Science at the University of Sydney. His research is in science and ethics in which he has published two books, Designed to Kill: The Case Against Weapons Research (2012) and The Responsible Scientist (2008) in which he was awarded the David Harold Tribe Prize in Philosophy and in 2010 the Eureka Prize in Research Ethics. John discusses matters of morality and ethics on his website Morality Matters.
Refreshments at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.