The AI Debates: how will we balance artificial and human intelligence?

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21 May 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Every day, until 23 May 2019.

Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1 (RH LT1),
33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington

What are the possibilities, challenges and potential of Artificial Intelligence? Hear academic and industry experts debate the important questions facing us.

The first debate (21 May) is a general introduction that will explore the impact of AI on automation. Who is better at driving a car: a human or a computer? How will automation change our cities? What will life look like when the robots arrive?

The second debate (22 May) explores the impact of technology on education. Who should educate your child: a human or a computer? Is my career as a teacher over? What will AI bring to education?

The third and final debate (23 May) will tackle AI’s impact on employment. Who should decide whether you get that job: a human or a computer? Will I still have a job? How will AI change the employment landscape?

Find out from New Zealand’s AI experts what the shared futures of technology and humanity might be, in this unique opportunity to be involved in an important national conversation that is just beginning.

Each of our expert panelists will set out their position and there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the audience.

Register your interest by following the RSVP link.

For more information contact: Sarah Dillon

Speaker Bios

Will Browne works in applied cognitive systems: using inspiration from natural intelligence to enable computers, machines and robots to behave usefully.

Jo Cribb—Former CEO, Ministry for Women
A consultant with a track record of developing and executing strategy, influencing decision makers and finding solutions to complex policy and organisational challenges.

Sean Audain—Innovation Officer, Wellington City Council
Focuses on understanding our city, making it Smart, and making citizens' lives better.

Professor Tim Bell—University of Canterbury
Research interests include computer science education, compression, and computers and music.

Louise Starkey—Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
An experienced classroom teacher, curriculum leader and senior manager in a range of New Zealand secondary schools, Louise researches education in a digital age.

Laura Butler—Teacher
An Auckland teacher and Master's student at the University, researching the use of AI in primary school classrooms.

Stephen Blumenfeld—Director, Centre for Labour, Employment and Work, Victoria University of Wellington
An expert on topics including labour economics, labour policy and employment law.

Jane Bryson—Deputy Dean, School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington
A highly experienced Human Resources Manager, Jane has been a management consultant for more than a decade in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.

Olivia Erdelyi—Lecturer, University of Canterbury
With a background in artificial intelligence, economics, law, and political science, Olivia’s research focuses on applied and theoretical AI topics addressing the question of how society should deal with AI technologies.