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Ok computer? Forum to decode AI issues

Tuesday 30 October 2018 1:24pm


Researchers and local tech company experts will participate in a public seminar about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for society in Dunedin tonight.

The seminar is organised by New Zealand’s AI Forum – an organisation that brings together the community of AI innovators, end users, entrepreneurs, and interested members of the public – and by Otago University’s AI and Law in New Zealand project.

Funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, the Forum will feature cross-disciplinary discussion from University of Otago academics and industry speakers.

Co-director of Otago University’s Centre for AI and Public Policy, and event speaker, Professor James Maclaurin says the event is a great opportunity for the public to learn about how AI will increasingly affect the way New Zealanders live and work.

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Professor James MacLaurin.

“I think many people will be surprised at how widely AI is already used, and its future potential.”

The event will also highlight some of the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project’s research, and show that academics are joining discussion on a myriad of potential legal, technological, ethical and economic ramifications of increased AI use, he says.

The speakers:

James Maclaurin, from Otago’s Department of Philosophy, will discuss potential uses of AI by central and local government.

Joy Liddicoat, an Assistant Research Fellow with the Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project will discuss AI’s impact on professional employment including education, journalism, law and medicine.

Steven Mills from the University of Otago’s Department of Computer Science will present his latest machine vision and machine learning research findings.

Local Rocketwerkz games programmer Amy Harman will provide valuable insights into gaming AI.

The panel will be facilitated by Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, Colin Gavaghan, and Ben Reid, Chief Executive of the AI Forum.

The event will run from 5 to 7pm at Signal ICT Grad School, Level 2, 123 Vogel St, Dunedin.