Floods. Fires. Plague. We’ve seen them all in the past few years, fuelling a renewed sense of an unpredictable world. Add to this the galloping pace of technological change (Chat GPT anyone?) and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. What shocks lie ahead? And what kind of resilience do we need to build to ensure we are prepared? Join three thinkers about climate change, health and technology to look over the horizon and explore what is to come. Joëlle Gergis, Norman Swan, and Toby Walsh appear with Julianne Schultz.
Supported by UNSW Sydney.
Joëlle Gergis (Australian)
Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer at the Australian National University. She served as a lead author for the United Nations' IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and is the author of Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia. Joëlle has also contributed chapters to Greta Thunberg's The Climate Book, and Not Too Late edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Her latest book is Humanity's Moment: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope.
Norman Swan (Australian)
Norman hosts ABC RN's and co-hosts Coronacast, a podcast on the coronavirus. Norman is a reporter and commentator on the ABC's 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast. He is a past Gold Walkley winner and has won other Walkleys including one in 2020. Norman has been awarded an AM, the medal of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellowship of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and an honorary MD from the University of Sydney. His book, So You Think You Know What's Good For You? (Hachette) was a bestseller and his latest book So You Want To Live Younger Longer? (Hachette) has also been on the bestseller list. Norman trained in medicine and paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.
Toby Walsh (Australian)
Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist of UNSW's new AI Institute. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI improves our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many others on this topic. This advocacy has led to him being ‘banned indefinitely’ from Russia. He was named on the international ‘Who's Who in AI’ list of influencers. His most recent book is Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI.
Julianne Schultz (Australian)
Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the author of The Idea of Australia: A search for the soul of the nation. She is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith University, where she was the founding editor of Griffith Review.