Self-driving cars, surgery bots, Siri. We’re familiar with the robots of science fiction and fantasy, but in the not too distant future, robots will play an even bigger part in our everyday lives.
We have already welcomed robots into our homes, cars and pockets, so what’s next? Will they be joining soldiers on the battlefield, sitting next to us in the office or replacing our human friends?
Join technology entrepreneur Marita Cheng, computer scientist Manuela Veloso and professor of AI Toby Walsh for a discussion on the exciting (and sometimes daunting) developments in robotic technology.
This event is suitable for families and will include an audience Q&A.
Presented by UNSW Centre for Ideas as a part of RoboCup 2019 Sydney, an international robot soccer competition and robotics conference.
Part of the UNSW Grand Challenge: Living with 21st Century Technology.
Want more robots?
Enjoy an evening tackling ethical minefields and talking killer robots and with two events at the Sydney Town Hall.
When we build robots and artificial intelligence, is there anywhere we shouldn't go?
Lower Town Hall, Thu 4 Jul, 6pm, $10 + booking fee
Should robots have the right to kill?
Lower Town Hall, Thu 4 Jul, 7.30pm, $10 + booking fee
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Marita Cheng is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. She’s been named Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018 and was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Cheng is the founder and CEO of Aubot (formerly called 2Mar Robotics), which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. She is also the founder of Robogals, an international student-run organisation that inspires, engages and empowers young women to study engineering. Robogals has now taught 70,000 girls from 11 countries. Cheng travels regularly, presenting her work both in Australia and overseas.
Dr Manuela M Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, which pursues fundamental research in data mining and cryptography, machine learning, explainability, and human-AI interaction. Ms Veloso is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania, USA) as the Herbert A Simon University Professor in the School of computer science. She is the past President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. She received her Licenciatura and MSc in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) then attended Boston University and received her MA in computer science followed by Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her PhD in Computer Science.
Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence. He was named by The Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is Guest Professor at TU Berlin. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award, as well as the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. Walsh regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics and his twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots”).