Artificial intelligence: gift from the gods or a Pandora’s box?

Artificial intelligence: gift from the gods or a Pandora’s box?

Friday 5 October, 11:45am–2pm

The Science Exchange, Adelaide

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have already begun to revolutionise society. On one hand, this makes life easier, on the other, it threatens our freedom and security.

So how far we prepared to let AI remake our world? And will we even have a say in it?

Join Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, machine learning expert Professor Anton van den Hengel, and data policy expert Ellen Broad, the author of Made by Humans: The AI condition, for a roundtable discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

The discussion will be moderated by The Royal Institution of Australia’s Lead Scientist, Alan Duffy.

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Dr Alan Finkel AO

Dr Alan Finkel AO has been Australia’s Chief Scientist since January 2016. He has an extensive reputation as an entrepreneur, engineer, educator and philanthropist. As a post-doctoral Fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, he designed equipment to support research programs. Realising the commercial possibilities, in 1983 he founded Axon Instruments in California, to make precision scientific instruments used by researchers in the discovery of new medicines.

After the company was sold, Dr Finkel returned to Australia in 2006 and became involved in a number of enterprises. These include the establishment of the Florey Neurosciences Institutes, educational programs for secondary school science and the training of neuroscientists, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the publication of the magazine, Cosmos.

He was Chancellor or Monash University from 2008 to 2015 and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering from 2013 to 2015.

Professor Anton van den Hengel

Professor Anton van den Hengel is the Director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, a Chief Investigator of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.

Prof. van den Hengel has been a CI on over $60M in external research funding from sources including Google, Canon, BHP Billiton and the ARC. He has authored over 300 publications, had eight patents commercialised, formed two start-ups, and has recently had a medical technology achieve first-in-class FDA approval.

Current research interests include Deep Learning, vision and language problems, interactive image-based modelling, large-scale video surveillance, and medical machine learning.

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad is an independent consultant and expert in data sharing, open date and AI ethics. She has worked in technology policy and implementation in global roles, including as head of policy for Open Data Institute and as manager of digital projects and policy for the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions. In Australia, she ran the Australian Digital Alliance.

She has provided independent advice on data and digital issues to governments, UN bodies and multinational tech companies, written articles for New Scientist and The Guardian, spoken at SXSW and been a guest of ABC Radio National programs Big Ideas and Future Tense.

Ellen designed a board game about data with ODI CEO Jeni Tennison that is currently being played in 19 countries.