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Open State Showcase: Future Us

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In partnership with the Don Dunstan Foundation, the Open State Showcase: Future Us will give you a taste of the Open State festival. Thought provoking guest speakers including: Jordan Nguyen, Fiona Kerr, Tia Kansara, Penelope Howarth, John O’Brien, Dr Kristin Alford and other guest speakers ponder our potential existence as humans. What will our future world look like? How will our relationship with the planet and each other change? What stories will our lives tell in the future?

Check out the schedule for Future Us. You can register for as many of the events as you like, all listed individually in the register button (we recommend spending the day with us!)

10:00 am Partnering with AI for a human-centric future: Dr Fiona Kerr

10:30 am Beyond Super Human – Technology for Humanity: Dr Jordan Nguyen

11:20 am Robot Brains V Human Brains: Dr Jordan Nguyen and Dr Fiona Kerr

Lunch break

12:50 pm Visions 2100: Stories from your future: John O’Brien and Dr Kristin Alford

Tea break

2:30 pm Future Planet – Future Home: Dr Tia Kansara

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10:00 am Partnering with AI for a human-centric future

Technology profoundly changes what people do and how they connect, some aspects of which are critical to societal and individual wellbeing. Direct human connection has a unique impact on our thought and decision making processes, and strongly influences our relationships, culture and society. Technologization offers us new horizons in every aspect of society, and has both amazing benefits and profound drawbacks – often at the same time – depending on the situation and application. Big data has the capacity to extend our horizons or limit the scope of our thinking; social media both connects and disconnects us; the future of work is offering both new opportunities for synergy between humans and technology, and mass unemployment with little agreement on worth and productivity; and family bots can connect a parent and child on opposite sides of the world, but distance them from each other within the home. So how do we build a human centric future which maintains human connection and understands the limitations of technology whilst leveraging fantastic new advancements and building high quality human-synthetic partnerships. It is up to us.

10:30 am Beyond Super Human – Technology for Humanity: Jordan Nguyen

We live in a rapidly advancing world, with a lot of rising anxiety and fear around automation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Although references to the dark sides and potential existential problems are hard to avoid in media and online, there are also many positive opportunities that arise. Dr Jordan Nguyen will draw on his experiences as a TV presenter who has traveled to see some of the greatest cutting edge technological advancements in the world, as well as share stories of how he has created and applied these advanced technologies to his own projects in inclusive technology for disability and medical device designs. In this talk Dr Jordan will raise the fact that every disruptive technology brings about new challenges and problems, but also many new solutions to the problems we could not previously solve, and will take the audience on a journey through integrating technology and humanity.

11:20 am Robot Brains V Human Brains Q&A: Jordan Nguyen and Fiona Kerr

This interactive Q&A session with Dr Jordan Nguyen and Dr Fiona Kerr will allow us to all explore these together, delving into your concerns and curiosities with two prominent thought-leaders. Advancements in technology like robotics help us understand more about ourselves. What do we learn about human capability throughout these endeavours? Where is this evolution headed? What concerns and questions do you have bubbling around in your mind for our future in this new world?

11:50am Lunch break for half an hour

12:50 pm Visions 2100: Stories from your future: John O’Brien and Dr Kristin Alford

Visions 2100 shares 80 stories from some of the world’s leading environmental thinkers and influencers and tells of their visions of the future world. Climate Change visions can be truly scary but foretelling of catastrophe does not inspire the wider community. Storytelling of a better world can mobilise communities and global networks to deliver extraordinary outcomes. The global Visions 2100 Project seeks to recalibrate environmental communications by telling stories of a better world.

Join author John O’Brien and other leading contributors to find out more, hear their futures and learn how to create your own better world. Share your own vision of a better world at visions2100.com.

  • Dr Monica Oliphant, Renewable Energy expert and SA Senior Australian of the Year 2016
  • Dr Sam Wells, University of Adelaide
  • Fraser Bell, Thomson Geer Lawyers
  • George Ujvary, Olgas Fine Foods
  • Rohan Hamden, Climate Expert
  • Stephen Yarwood, Cities2050 and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide

1:45 pm tea Break for 15 minutes

2:30 pm Future Planet – Future Home: Tia Kansara

How can we live the good life while giving back to the planet that is our only home? Living sustainably means making ourselves aware of the way in which we consume and often waste the earth's resources. How can we become more aware of the economy of sustainability? How does what we consume today affect the liveability of our Future Home?

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