About this Event
In this provocative Catalyst Trust talk, Cambridge-trained sociologist Anthony Elliott proposes that much of what passes for conventional wisdom about the AI Revolution is either ill-considered or plain wrong.
The reason? AI is not so much about the future but is rather a revolution already well underway – albeit one that is unfolding in complex and uneven ways across the globe.
From industrial robots to chatbots, and from driverless cars to military drones, AI is transforming all aspects of our lives.
Elliott explores how intelligent machines, advanced robotics, accelerating automation, big data and the Internet of Everything are bringing new forms of social interaction and transforming private life as much as the world of work.
Monday, December 2, noon-1pm, Queenstown Resort College meeting room, $5 koha at door. Registration via Eventbrite is required (opening a month prior), as numbers are limited. Please bring your tickets (printed, emailed or Eventbrite app).
About The Speaker
ANTHONY ELLIOTT is visiting New Zealand from Adelaide, where he is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, Research Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and its Network on AI and Digital Transformation. He is also Super-Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) at Keio University, Japan, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at UCD, Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Recently, Anthony Elliott was appointed to the Expert Working Group of the Academy of the Council of Learned Academies in Australia to investigate: “Deployment of artificial intelligence and what it presents for Australia.” He is the author of some 40 books in social theory and modern sociology, including most recently Reinvention, Identity Troubles and The Culture of AI, all published by Routledge.