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The AI Debates: Automation

Victoria University of Wellington presents one of three debates about the upcoming challenges of artificial intelligence.

What's it all about?

Who is better at driving a car: a human or a computer? How will automation change our cities? Will AI make your life better? What are the moral and social consequences of this new technology? Will it heal or aggravate the digital divide?

Hear four of Wellington's experts take on these questions and more as they debate the shared futures of technology and humanity.

This debate is intended as a general introduction to our series, and will be followed by specific debates on AI's impacts on education (Wednesday) and employment (Thursday). Secure tickets for Wednesday's education debate here, and Thursday's employment debate here.

First hour for speakers and Q&A, followed by networking and nibbles in the Mezzanine foyer.


This event is part of the AI Debates series - click here for the Education debate, and click here for the Employment debate. 

You can drop into this event at any time.

Victoria University of Wellington, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington

Tuesday 21 May
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Free event
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Will Browne

Associate Professor

Will Browne works in applied cognitive systems: using inspiration from natural intelligence to enable computers, machines and robots to behave usefully. He has extensive experience in artificial intelligence, both in industry and academia.

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Sean Audain

Innovation Officer - Wellington City Council

Sean is Wellington City Council's Innovation Officer, focusing on understanding our city, making it Smart, and making citizens' lives better.
His major interests are in Open Data, the Internet of Things, Data Visualisation, GIS and helping grow our CivicTech and Hackathon communities.

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Matthew Bartlett

Co-founder of Citizen AI

Matthew is a co-founder of Citizen AI, an initiative set up by Community Law Wellington to develop artificial intelligence projects for the public good. He's also a director at Loomio and miscellaneous wrangler.

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Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban

Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM QSO is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington. She was MP 1999-2010 and a Minister in the fifth Labour Government.


Panel debate: Automation
Rutherford House Lecture Theatre One
Drinks, nibbles and networking
Rutherford House Mezzanine Foyer

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