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Big Brother is watching

1/15 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Sunday 5 June from 11am to 12:15pm

Facial recognition technology, artificial intelligence, use of drones and QR codes… They are all an accepted part of life, but are we aware of the unseen forces shaping society?

Join leadings experts as they examine the ethical issues we face in a future dominated by artificial intelligence (AI). If we want the future of AI to be a force for good, it’s time to ask questions such as: can robots have rights; what if a self-driving car kills someone; and, is Australia at risk of becoming a surveillance state?

Toby Walsh is one of the world’s leading researchers in AI. His latest book Machines Behaving Badly explores the morality of AI. Toby is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and a rock star in the world of AI – regularly named on ‘Who’s Who in AI’ lists of influencers.

Edward Santow is striving to establish a model law to prohibit harmful use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT). Did you know FRT has high rates of error in identifying people with dark skin, women and people with a physical disability? And that it is being used to assess people’s moods, attractiveness and other characteristics? From 2016-2021, Ed was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. He now leads this project as University of Technology Sydney’s Industry Professor for Responsible Technology.

Yaara Bou Melhem is a renowned journalist and the director of Unseen Skies, a documentary produced by In Films, following artist Trevor Paglen’s exploration of mass surveillance. Yaara also created the award-winning short War on Truth – which followed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and digital rights pioneer Maria Ressa and her global campaign against disinformation.

The Ethics Centre Director Dr Simon Longstaff will help to steer this conversation through thought provoking and tricky waters.

Experience Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) first hand at Face Value, an interactive installation that highlights the uses and risks of FRT. Experience current or near future uses of the tech and test its accuracy for yourself – are you willing to accept it?

Presented by Vivid Ideas in association with University of Technology Sydney.

Unseen Skies, directed by Yaara Bou Melhem, further examines the use of surveillance systems in our skies. Book here for a special screening of the film on Sunday 5 June here.

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