Since the late eighteenth century, the changing ‘machinery question’ has continued to spark deep social divisions and to stimulate new fields of imaginative thinking, creative speculation, and social and cultural enquiry (including political economy, cybernetics, STS, AI ethics, critical data studies, and digital ethnography).
Recent advances in artificial intelligence have generated new interests, methods, problems, and capabilities across an array of humanities and creative arts disciplines. These have complicated conventional narratives of technological transformation, enabling a deeper understanding of the possibilities and hazards of automation, and the complexities of human-machine relations.
Our 54th Annual Academy Symposium will explore some of the most exciting work underway on these issues across the humanities with related institutions and industry fields, in Australia and elsewhere.
Topics will include:
- Virtual autopsies and automated morgues,
- The automation of cultural production and cultural taste,
- Human accountability for the actions of machines,
- The ‘explanatory imperative’
- Questions of Indigenous data sovereignty
- Digital human rights.
16 & 17 November 2023
Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne
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Further speakers and session details to be announced soon.
Our Symposium is open to all – bringing together a large cross-section of Fellows, scholars, early-career researchers and representatives from government, education, peak bodies, industry, media and the community.
31 May 2023
Jean is Associate Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) where she is the co-leader of the Data program, and convenor of the QUT node.
We’re delighted to bring you a full programme of panels, talks and events.
16 November 2023
In our 2023 Hancock lecture, Dr Thao Phan will explore how, in the making of AI systems and technologies, gender too is being made.
We’re delighted to announce the following speakers for our program. Subscribe to receive Symposium updates.
16 November 2023
Melissa is an internationally recognised research pioneer with deep technical expertise in user experience, sustainability, silicon and platform architecture and workplace transformation.
17 November 2023
Victoria works on gender and colonisation, and has published widely on Indigenous domestic labour history, in particular, and cross-cultural Indigenous colonial relations more generally.
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