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#MKW17 - AI and the future of work
Fri. 5 May 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
AI and the future of work
Sure, the future sounds great, but will we have jobs? Join Tim Dunlop, Dr Veronica Sheen, and Alexar Pendashteh to discuss how automation affects employment. Will technology lead us to an Orwellian dystopia or a leisure-filled utopia? Will we end up with a rich-poor divide or will universal income be our salvation?
Tim Dunlop is the author of The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience. His most recent book is Why the Future is Workless. It has been described as ‘a powerful contribution to one of the defining debates of the 21st century’ by George Megalogenis. He writes regularly for ABC’s The Drum and a number of other publications. Dunlop was the author of two of Australia's most successful political blogs, The Road To Surfdom and Blogocracy. He has a PhD in political philosophy and communication.
Dr. Veronica Sheen is an independent social policy researcher and commentator specialising in employment issues and the growth of inequality. Her presentation draws from the paper she gave at the conference on the future of work at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva in 2015. Further details at https://veronicasheen.net/
Alexar Pendashteh is passionate about the use of technology to empower people and believes the future is something we build not something that happens. He is a mentor, speaker and an active member of tech and startup communities in Melbourne and Sydney. Having graduated as an electrical engineer, he changed his occupation to IT and has worked on projects of different types in startups, universities and government. He is now running a technology-driven small business focusing on social enterprise where he is developing a fully automated software production platform.
Jan McGuinness is a University of Melbourne Arts graduate (English and Politics) and journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. Jan has also worked in the corporate sector providing strategic communications advice, and is a published author. She currently teaches master students at Monash University. She is the Vice-President of Humanities 21.
[Please note this event is wheelchair accessible]
Melbourne Knowledge Week
Melbourne Knowledge Week is a week-long festival that melds, art, technology, business and science to explore and co-create our future city. Over 80 new wave events have been designed to inspire curious minds to collide and collaborate to bring future-focused ideas to life.
Throw yourself into a week full of innovation and creativity where you’ll hear from international industry leaders, test cutting-edge technology, taste future food and help to solve Melbourne’s future challenges.