From Siri to medical devices, technology and AI are helping us navigate daily life with greater efficiency and ease. But on the flip side, instances of algorithm bias, questions around who is collecting our data and for what ends, and fears about how technology is degrading public discourse are bringing into focus pressing new ethical dilemmas. Transhumanism scholar Elise Bohan (Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century), AI expert Toby Walsh (Machines Behaving Badly: The Morality of AI) and technologist and Palawa-Trawlwoolway woman Angie Abdilla (co-editor of Decolonising the Digital: Technology as Cultural Practice) examine the promises and perils of tech today, in conversation with creative robotics researcher Belinda Dunstan.
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Toby Walsh (Australian)
Toby Walsh is one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and leads a research group at Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI for his contributions to AI research, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. His latest book is Machines Behaving Badly.
Elise Bohan (Australian)
Elise Bohan is a Senior Research Scholar at the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute (FHI). She holds a PhD in evolutionary macrohistory (Big History) and wrote the world's first book length history of transhumanism as a doctoral student. At FHI, she is part of a cohort of scholars who are dedicated to understanding, and tackling, humanity's most pressing problems. Elise is the author of Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century.
Angie Abdilla (Australian)
Professor Angie Abdilla is a palawa~trawlwoolway woman. She is the founder and CEO of Old Ways, New and works with Indigenous knowledges and systems in the design of places, experiences and deep technologies. As a consultant, she works as a designer; as a published researcher, she presents topics such as human technology interrelations and Indigenous design in the built environment. She is a member of the Global Futures Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity as part of the World Economic Forum, co-founded the Indigenous Protocols and Artificial Intelligence working group (IP//AI) and is a Professor of Practice for the UNSW Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.
Belinda Dunstan (Australian)
Dr Belinda Dunstan is the Human Futures Lead at the UNSW Creative Robotics Lab with research interests in the ethical design of social robots, robot morphology, cultural robotics and critical design. Belinda received her PhD from UNSW and is an academic with the UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, where she teaches Human-Machine Interaction.