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The AI Debates: Education

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

What's it all about?

Who should educate your child: a human or a computer? Is my career as a teacher over? What will AI bring to education?

Hear four of Wellington's Artificial Intelligence experts take on these questions and more as they debate the shared futures of artificial intelligence and education.

This debate is preceded by Tuesday night's general introduction to our series, and will be followed by a specific debate on AI's impacts for employment on Thursday night.

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 Automation 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

Wednesday 22 May
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Free event
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Tim Bell

Professor, University of Canterbury

Tim's research interests include computer science education, compression, and computers and music. He holds an ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award, and an inaugural New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.

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Simon McCallum

Senior Lecturer - Victoria University of Wellington

Simon has been teaching Computer Science since 1999. He researches in the area of Serious Games, along with Virtual and Augmented Reality. Simon is passionate about education and has a focus on improving the quality of questions asked by students.

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Louise Starkey

Associate Professor - Victoria University of Wellington

Louise gained experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum leader and senior manager in a range of New Zealand secondary schools prior to following a passion to research education in a digital age.

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Laura Butler


Laura Butler is an Auckland teacher. She is currently completing her Master's thesis at Victoria University of Wellington, researching the use of AI, specifically voice assistant devices, in primary school classrooms.


Panel debate: education
Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1
Drinks, nibbles and networking
Rutherford House Mezzanine Foyer

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