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AI unplugged: Kate Crawford in conversation with Toby Walsh

25 July 2024
6.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building (G19), UNSW Kensington Campus

Ever wondered what happens when AI takes over politics or how it affects our planet? How is AI changing how we see ourselves and our societies? AI isn't just about smart tech—it's also about extracting resources, whether it's minerals from the earth, the work of low-wage information workers, or data from our daily lives.
As this global network pushes us toward less democratic governance and greater inequality, what does it take to create AI, and how does it concentrate power?

Meet the Experts:

  • Kate Crawford is a leading scholar in artificial intelligence and its effects. She’s a research professor at the University of Southern California, a senior researcher at Microsoft, and has held prestigious positions in Paris. Kate’s award-winning work has been showcased in major museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York. Her project "Anatomy of an AI System" is currently on display at MoMA and other top museums.
  • Scientia Professor Toby Walsh is a renowned AI professor at UNSW and Chief Scientist at UNSW.AI. He’s an advocate for ethical AI, speaking globally, including at the UN. Toby's efforts have even led to a ban from Russia. He’s a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a key influencer in the AI field.

Book Signings:

  • Kate will sign her acclaimed book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, which has won multiple awards and been translated into over ten languages.
  • Toby will sign his popular books, including It’s Alive! Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots, 2062: The World That AI Made, Machines Behaving Badly: The Morality of AI, and his latest, Faking It! Artificial Intelligence in a Human World.

We hope you can join us to explore the future of AI and its profound impacts on our world.