School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne
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The future isn’t abstract - it starts from the decisions we make right now.
The General Sir John Monash Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Public Lecture will be hosted by Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, and the lecture will be facilitated by former Judge Frances Millane.
Following the discussions of our 2019 Symposium, our Public Lecture will demonstrate the positive results that can arise from interdisciplinarity and creative thinking in response to change. Never before have Change, Adaptation and Sustainability been more important in exploring solutions to challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic is but one example.
“Devastating climate events and a global pandemic - what better time for Australia to hear new ideas and fresh perspectives from an exceptional panel of former recipients of the prestigious John Monash scholarship, each of whom is a trailblazer in their field” - Frances Millane.
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.