Ethics, Emotions and Elegance in Artificial Intelligence

In the digital age, Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms are having an increasingly prominent influence on our day to day life and experiences. They assist in shaping the environment we live, the choices we make and the paths we follow.

Is AI behaviour informed increasingly by learning from data they discover or that we provide them? To what extent are their decisions ethical? To what extent can AIs become aware of the consequences of their output, in a way that they can alter their output?

Professor Simeon Simoff dissects the influence of Artificial Intelligence on our day to day lives; the impact of AI technology such as social robotics and behavioural machine learning may have on our emotional intelligence; and to what extent AIs can emulate emotional intelligence.

Douglass Rushkoff considered our capability to direct technology as an alternative to allowing technology to direct our decisions, arguing: “Choose the former, and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”

We are at a point of time when this choice is firmly being made.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018


6.00pm for 6:30-7:30pm
Light refreshments will be served before each lecture


$15 – SMSA Members and Royal Society Members/Fellows
$20 – Non-Members and Guests

Seating is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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