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Is Technology Destroying Us?

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Australian Centre on China in the World

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Is technology destroying us?

Will AI undermine all future human achievements? How is social media changing our socio-political landscape? And how has technology already stimulated our collective imagination?

This interdisciplinary panel of experts features two data experts, a media studies academic, and a literature specialist, who will help answer these questions and explore the impact of technology on human society and culture past, present and future.

The event will begin at 6PM on Tuesday 2 October (Week 9) in the Lecture Theatre of the Australian Centre on China and the World.

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Ms Ellen Broad
Ellen is Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards for CSIRO's Data61. She returned to Australia from the UK in late 2016, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute (ODI), an international non-profit founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt. While in the UK Ellen became an expert adviser to senior UK government minister Elisabeth Truss on data. She has also held roles as Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands) and Executive Officer for the Australian Digital Alliance. Most recently, she wrote a book called 'MADE BY HUMANS: The AI Condition' published by Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) in August 2018.

Dr Ross Tapsell
Ross is a senior lecturer in the Department of Gender, Media and Culture, and the Director of the ANU Malaysia Institute. His research interests focus on new, digital technologies and their relationship to culture, nationalism, media and politics in Island Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. He is the author of Media Power in Indonesia: Oligarchs, Citizens and the Digital Revolution and co-editor of Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence.

Dr Russell Smith
Russell Smith is a lecturer in English in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, where he teaches modernist literature, literary theory and poetry. In September 2018 he organised the international conference Frankenstein 2018: Two hundred years of monsters, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Dr Hanna Suominen
Hanna is a senior lecturer in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Team Leader of Natural Language Processing within the Machine Learning Research Group at Data61. She has over 15 years experience in longitudinal, multimodal data analytics for saving, structuring, and summarising data, and is bridging the gap between computing and health/social sciences. Hanna has over 100 publications with 60 co-authors from 10 countries.

This event is free and open to the public. Any inquiries for this event can be directed to the Cultures Learning Communities Ambassador, Tandee, at tandee.wang@anu.edu.au

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