AI, Ethics and the Future: Can the Arts and Humanities Save Us?

Thursday 18th April 2024 2:30pm

Peter Cosgrove Centre, Tenison Woods House, 8 Napier St, ACU North Sydney (Building 532, Level 18)

You are welcome to attend in person or via the livestream. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

The humanities and arts bring a humanistic perspective to the development and deployment of AI. They can inspire critical thinking, promote ethical considerations, and engage the public in meaningful conversations about the societal impact of AI. A collaborative approach that involves experts from diverse fields is essential for addressing the ethical challenges and ensuring that AI serves humanity in a positive and responsible manner. The intersection of AI, ethics, and the future is a complex and critical area of discussion. While AI technologies offer numerous benefits and advancements, they also raise ethical concerns such as privacy, bias, job displacement, and the potential for misuse. Humanities and arts can indeed play a crucial role in addressing these challenges and shaping a positive future for AI.

Our panel of experts (see below), chaired by Prof. Joy Damousi, Dean of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU, will explore these challenges and offer actionable solution. Whether you join us online or in person, you'll have the opportunity to network with other professionals in your field and gain valuable insights.


Joy Damousi

Panel Chair - Prof. Joy Damousi AM is Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACU leading the National School of Arts and Humanities and Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Education and Arts. She is an award-winning scholar of memory and war, the history of emotions, and migration history in relation to refugees, humanitarianism and internationalism. She is one of Australia's most distinguished historians and public intellectuals, and a leader in the humanities in Australia and internationally. In 2022, Professor Damousi was made a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia for significant service to social sciences and the humanities, to history and to tertiary education.

Anthony Elliott

Prof. Anthony Elliott AM is Bradley Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia, where he is Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Dean of External Engagement. He is Super-Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) at Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at UCD, Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK; Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust; and; Senior Member of King's College, Cambridge. He currently serves as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. Prof Elliott served as a member of the Expert Working Group of the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) on AI at the request of the Prime Minister's Commonwealth Science Council, and with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He also served as a member of ACOLA's Artificial Intelligence Scoping Project Committee, Academy of Science and the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Lisa Given

Prof Lisa M. Given, FASSA, is Director, Social Change Enabling Impact Platform, and Professor of Information Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her interdisciplinary research in human information behaviour brings a critical, social research lens to studies of technology use and user-focused design. Her studies embed social change, focusing on diverse settings and populations, and methodological innovations across disciplines. A former President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Prof Given is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC's) College of Experts. She is lead author of Looking for Information: Examining Research on How People Engage with Information (2023).

Terry Flew

Prof. Terry Flew is Professor of Digital Communication and Culture and Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. His books include The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (SAGE, 2012), Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), Media Economics (Palgrave, 2015), Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2018), Regulating Platforms (Polity, 2021), and Digital Platform Regulation: Global Perspectives on Internet Governance (Springer, 2022). He was President of the International Communications Association (ICA) from 2019 to 2020, and is an ICA Fellow, elected in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). In 2011-12 he chaired a review of the Australian media classification system for the Australian Law Reform Commission. Organisations he has advised include the OECD, Australian Communication and Media Authority, Cisco Systems, Special Broadcasting Service, Meta and Telstra. His ARC Laureate Fellowship is a five-year study (2024-2028) of Mediated Trust: Ideas, Interests, Institutions, Futures.

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens is the ABC's Religion & Ethics online editor and the co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on ABC Radio National. He has published widely on moral philosophy, and is the co-author (with Waleed Aly) of Quarterly Essay 87, Uncivil Wars: How Contempt is Corroding Democracy. He is co-editor and translator of the selected writings of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, and is the editor of Justice and Hope: Essays, Lectures and Other Writings by Raimond Gaita (Melbourne University Press, November 2023). In 2022, he delivered the twentieth annual Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value at Australian Catholic University.

Paul Dalby

Dr Paul Dalby is a management consultant in research and innovation. He is Chair of the NAIC AI Industry Forum, and General Manager of Rozetta Institute - a philanthropic accelerator. He was involved in establishing the Australian Institute for Machine Learning and advises a number of organisations on AI innovation and research. His career focus has been in translating research into commercial and policy outcomes in agriculture, environment, water, technology, machine learning and defence.

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