Catastrophic climate change; ecological collapse; deepening inequality; an epidemic of lifestyle diseases; food waste and famine; antibiotic resistance; the rise of populism; the "death" of expertise; the spectre of nuclear war...
A pessimistic observer of world affairs could mount the case that humans have "blown it". Our social and political systems are not serving the needs of the many, our consumption habits are destabilising the very conditions of life on earth, and evidence produced by trained experts is readily dismissed as mere opinion.
So is it time to address these profound systemic issues with machines? Can we build machines without the human vices of greed, violence, ignorance and jealousy? Could ethical machines sustain utopian human systems that are just, fair and gentle on the environment?
Join us for the data ethics Great Debate, where we'll raise the provocative proposition that humans have blown it: it’s time to turn the planet over to the machines.
Please register by midday Monday 4 December, follow the "attend" button above.
Our debate will follow a day of conversation surrounding these issues of data science, AI, humanity and ethics. To register for our daytime UTS Conversation (8:30 - 18:00), click here. If you wish to attend both the conversation and the debate, please register for both events.