A critical conversation not to be missed! Followed by networking drinks.

Can we build moral machines? Toby Walsh in conversation with Bonnie Shaw 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. AI can be used to influence what we buy, who gets shortlisted for a job and even how we vote. Without it, 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?

In his latest book, Toby Walsh 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, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT

Having spoken at the UN and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on the topic of AI, Toby Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. A professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT, Toby is also a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international “Who’s Who in AI” list of influencers. He has also authored three books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled “Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI” which is published on May 3rd 2022.

Bonnie Shaw, Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of Place Intelligence

Bonnie Shaw is Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of Place Intelligence. A recipient of fellowships at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London and the Senseable Cities Lab at MIT, Bonnie has helped to establish and lead several corporate, government, and non-profit innovation labs, delivered the first hackathon at the (Obama) Whitehouse, and led the digital and community team at the Foundation for Young Australians. She was a founding leader in Australia’s first (and multi-award winning) Smart Cities team at the City of Melbourne, where she was responsible for an ambitious portfolio of technology, innovation, and community engagement programs.