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Wild AI and tame humans

Ethical and policy challenges for artificial intelligence and robotics
Join us as world-renowned technology expert Professor Mark Coeckelbergh brings the future of artificial intelligence (AI) sharply into focus for the human race, and provides a stark and compelling reality check on the ethics of AI.

Event details
Date and time: Wednesday 27 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1110, Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations essential

Do the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) outweigh the potential negative effects, in the context of social responsibilities for the entire human race? Will intelligent machines soon take over, turning us into their slaves or raw materials? In this Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Mark Coeckelbergh shifts the conversation away from science fiction fantasies about AI and into the realms of real ethical issues and urgent policy challenges for development and use of artificial intelligence and robotics in society.

Join us for an exclusive preview of Professor Coeckelbergh's upcoming book AI Ethics, as he draws on his experience as an ethics of robotics expert and an adviser for the European Commission.

Is AI a new instrument for capitalist exploitation? Is responsible automation in AI and robotics possible? What does AI do with our biases? How democratic is innovation in this area? And should we worry about AI robots or prioritise dealing with climate change?

The speakers

Mark is a Belgian philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom.

He is the author of several books, including Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015), New Romantic Cyborgs (2017) and Moved by Machines: Performance Metaphors and Philosophy of Technology (2019). He has also written many articles. He is best known for his work in philosophy of technology, robotics and ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Benedetta is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney and Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London. She writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributes to a number of print and web publications including Index of Censorship, OpenDemocracy and the Conversation. She is the author of Public Service Broadcasting online (2013) and editor of the acclaimed volume Beyond Wikileaks (2013). Her latest volumes are Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis (2017), Climate Change and the Media (2018) and she has now completed a new volume on Amazon, the Digital Lord (with Lukasz Swiatek) that looks at the rise of Amazon and its Artificial Intelligence activities (Routledge, 2020). She is currently writing a new book on the Digital Myths of Artificial Intelligence.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This venue provides wheelchair access, hearing loop and infrared hearing system.

Access requirements

If you have other requirements or seek more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email with 'Access | Nov 27 – robotics' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for services in time for the event.

Lecture Theatre 1110 is located on Level 1 of Abercrombie Building, which is located on corner of Abercrombie St and Codrington St (along Butlin Ave, opposite the Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness centre).

Please check Transport NSW for updates and schedules. 

By train

Redfern Station is the closest train station. It is a 10-minute walk to the venue. Enter via Abercrombie Street. 

By bus

The closest stop is at City Road (before Butlin Avenue). It is a seven-minute walk to the venue. Use the campus map tool to locate the bus stop. 

There is some street parking available on Abercrombie Street, Darlington Street and near Carriageworks but is no dedicated parking at this venue. 

The nearest paid parking on campus is at Shepherd St carpark but spots are limited. To find out fees and more details, head to the University's parking page.

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