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The AI Debates: Employment

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

What's it all about?

Who should decide whether you get that job: a human or a computer? Will I still have a job? How will AI change the employment landscape?

Hear four of New Zealand's Artificial Intelligence experts take on these questions and more as they debate the shared futures of technology and human employment.

This debate will be preceded by a more general introduction to our series and a specific debate on AI's impacts on education on Tuesday and Wednesday nights respectively.

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 Automation debate. 

You can drop into this event at any time.

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

Thursday 23 May
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Free event
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Stephen Blumenfeld

Director - Centre for Labour, Employment and Work (VUW)

Dr Stephen Blumenfeld has been at Victoria University of Wellington since 1999. While most of his teaching experience is in employment relations, he has taught a range of courses in other areas of management and organisation studies, including labour economics, labour policy and employment law.

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Jane Bryson

Deputy Dean - School of Management (VUW)

Jane joined the academic staff at Victoria University of Wellington in 1999. Prior to this she has worked as a Human Resources Manager in the public sector, and as a management consultant for twelve years in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.

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Ben Ritchie

Senior Advisor: Nicholson Consulting

Ben has over 15 years’ experience in a range of analytical roles in the public and private sectors. Most recently employed as a Principal Analyst with WorkSafe, Ben has held analytical roles in Research and Evaluation, Intelligence, Strategy and Decision Support here and in Scotland.

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Olivia Erdelyi

Lecturer - University of Canterbury

Benefiting from a background in artificial intelligence, economics, law, and political science, Olivia researches in applied and theoretical AI topics, revolving around the increasingly central question of how society should deal with the emergence of ever more pervasive AI technologies.

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Jo Cribb

Former CEO, Ministry for Women

Jo is a consultant who has a track record of developing and executing strategy, influencing decision makers and finding solutions to complex policy and organisational challenges. She is an experienced Chief Executive, board director, strategist, gender and policy expert.


Panel debate: employment
Rutherford House Lecture Theatre One
Drinks, nibbles and networking
Rutherford House Mezzanine Floor

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