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    Future Thinkers | Are robots taking our jobs?

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    Did you miss Are robots taking our jobs? Watch it now on the Renewal SA website.


    Will I have to compete against a robot for my next job? What does the future workforce look like?

    Join Professor Anton van den Hengel, Founding Director of the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) and a guest panel for an insight into how the future will look in this session, subtitled “The Terminator, and other fictitious risks to future employment”.

    “Much of the fear about the impact of AI on future of employment is driven by a fundamental misunderstanding of what the technology can do now, and what it is likely to be able to do in the next 20 years,” he said.

    “The scenario where the Terminator not only comes into existence, but also wants to work in a fish and chip shop is fictional at best, and predictions made on this basis are inevitably flawed. The true impact of artificial intelligence on the workforce is likely to be far more complex, and lasting.”

    The AIML is Australia’s largest machine learning research group, and on many measures its most successful. Professor van den Hengel is also a Chief Investigator of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision, and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. He has been a chief investigator on over $60m in research funding from sources including Google, Facebook, Canon, BHP Billiton and the Australian Research Council.

    Professor van Hengel will be joined by panelists Dr Michelle Perugini, Founder and Chief Executive of Presagen and Life Whisperer, both based at Lot Fourteen, and Adrian Fahey, Chief Executive of SAGE Group, based at Tonsley Innovation District.

    This session is supported by Lot Fourteen.

    Session details

    • 5:15pm – Light refreshments
    • 5:30pm – Welcome and introduction
    • 5:35pm – Keynote presentation by Professor Anton van den Hengel
    • 5:55pm - Panel discussion facilitated by CityMag Editor Josh Fanning
    • 6:35pm – Audience Q&A
    • 6:45pm – Event concludes

    Future Thinkers series

    The Future Thinkers series is being presented by Renewal SA to help inspire a more connected, creative and innovative future in South Australia.

    The series will offer public talks featuring industry leaders and innovators who can give South Australians an insight into how the future may look in many aspects of our lives, including urban living, technology and design.

    Renewal SA provides an integrated approach to urban development on behalf of the Government of South Australia to encourage more people to live, work and invest in our state.

    Future Thinkers is part of our commitment to engage and partner with community, industry and organisations to meet future challenges and unlock South Australia’s potential.

    Getting to Lot Fourteen is easy

    A tram stop is located directly outside Lot Fourteen on North Terrace and there are multiple bus stops nearby. Plan your journey with Adelaide Metro.

    If you can’t find an on-street park nearby, there are car parks close by. Car parks within a short walking distance are:

    • Wilson Car Park (entry off Frome Road and located at the back of Lot Fourteen)
    • Wilson East End Car Park, Frome Road
    • Wilson Car Park, 251 North Terrace
    • Centre Point Car Park, Rundle Street
    • UPark, Rundle Street.

    Download a copy of the Lot Fourteen Neighbourhood Map.

    For accessible entry to Eleanor Harrald Building, please contact our security team ahead of your visit on 0417 987 001.


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