Sydney - Thinking at Twilight

Sydney - Thinking at Twilight

Sydney - Thinking at Twilight
Wednesday 18 May 2022, 6.30pm AEST
Past event
Past event
Wednesday 18 May 2022, 6.30pm AEST
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Hosted by Cambridge Society of New South Wales
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Alumni and guests
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Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of New South Wales for their Thinking at Twilight with guest speaker Professor Toby Walsh.

Meet up with fellow Cambridge alumni in Sydney. Join us for drinks and canapes; then hear from our guest speaker Professor Toby Walsh - St John's, Mathematics & Theoretical Physics titled "Machined Behaving Badly".

Can we build moral machines? Toby Walsh, AI expert, examines the ethical issues we face in a future dominated by artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is an essential part of our lives – for better or worse. It can be used to influence what we buy, who gets shortlisted for a job and even how we vote. Without AI, medical technology wouldn’t have come so far, we’d still be getting lost on backroads in our GPS-free cars, and smartphones wouldn’t be so, well, smart. But as we continue to build more intelligent and autonomous machines, what impact will this have on humanity and the planet?

Professor Toby Walsh, a world-leading researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, explores the ethical considerations and unexpected consequences AI poses – Is Alexa racist? Can robots have rights? What happens if a self-driving car kills someone? What limitations should we put on the use of facial recognition?

Machines Behaving Badly is a thought-provoking look at the increasing human reliance on robotics and the decisions that need to be made now to ensure the future of AI is as a force for good, not evil.

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

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$45pp includes drinks & canapes on arrival

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New South Wales