School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
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In his recent book, We, the Robots?: Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law, Professor Simon Chesterman discusses the challenges of regulating new technology, acknowledging that they pose both significant risks but also great benefits. The book highlights the need for new institutions and rules to regulate AI with diverse examples from around the world, in particular considering developments around Asia.
Professor Chesterman, Dean of Law, National University of Singapore and Senior Director for AI Governance at AI Singapore, will discuss areas from driverless cars and governance by algorithm, to the impact of AI on the legal profession and the possibility that AI might play a role in regulating itself.
12.30pm - Artwork titled ‘The Dangerous Power of Speculation’ by Lucy West
1pm - Professor Jeannie Paterson, Co-Director, CAIDE, to host a discussion with Professor Simon Chesterman
This public lecture is hosted by the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics as part of the Ninian Stephen Law Program: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies? project which was launched in May 2021.
‘The Dangerous Power of Speculation’ digital exhibition by Lucy West invites you to design your future by responding to ethical dilemmas and speculative scenarios, framed as a series of impossible questions and visuals across 4 screens. Each response you make builds upon the last, strengthening or weakening the ethical direction of that future scenario through each choice.
The visuals are designed to prime your choices and challenge your ethical norms through the burden of dilemmas.
The consequences of choice making are exaggerated with the intent to supercharge the discovery of your own set of ethical values.
Optimisation is the branch of mathematics that supports optimal decision-making. Mathematics is needed when there are too many choices, too many rules to satisfy, and too many goals to be achieved to find the perfect solution without mathematical help.
In this public lecture, Professor Kate Smith-Miles and Alison Harcourt AO will discuss how everyday decisions – made by governments and corporations, and everyday people when using apps like Google Maps - are powered by optimisation techniques. We will take a whirlwind tour through some of the breakthrough ideas that have enabled optimisation techniques to help us make decisions faster, better and cheaper.
Some of these breakthrough ideas have been due to female ingenuity, and on this Ada Lovelace Day we will pay tribute to the game-changing contributions of two more remarkable women – Ailsa Land and Alison Harcourt (née Doig).
Their idea changed the course of optimisation technique development and paved the way for optimisation to have the impact we see in the world today. We will hear Alison tell the tale of their idea and what happened next.
Finally, they will look at the future challenges of optimisation, and the opportunities for new ideas to continue to create impact in the world.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) is proud to host this lecture celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, acknowledging the significant contribution of women in STEM.