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Being Human in the Second Machine Age - 2017 Day of Ideas

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BEING HUMAN IN THE SECOND MACHINE AGE

The 2017 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas

In an age when computer technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics and digital technologies are increasingly determining how we think and live, fundamental questions are being asked about what it is to be human. As interactions between humans and computers become more complex, the boundary between computers and humans is shifting. Consider, for example, implanted bio-sensing devices. If computers are embedded within us, are they then part of our human identity?

Some people welcome their robotic companions, driverless cars and delivery drones. Others are disturbed by the growth autonomous technologies and the complex roles and responsibilities being relinquished to them. How concerned should we be as the characteristics and values that make us human are increasingly manifest in new technologies?

Join us for the 2017 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas as we ask what a robotic future could look like and what it might mean for human beings.

Speakers:

  • Anu Bharadwaj, PhD candidate, Centre for Transformative Work Design, UWA Business School
  • Dr Anjali Jaiprakash, Advance Queensland Research Fellow, Medical and Healthcare Robotics, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Eleanor Sandry, Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University
  • Anna Sawyer, Road Safety Manager, RAC, PhD candidate, Philosophy, School of Humanities, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Chris Stanton, The Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland
  • Sean Welsh, PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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