Being Human in a Digital World

20 February

Professor Genevieve Bell

In the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Professor Bell will explore the human fascination with robots and artificial intelligence, and the need to discuss the role of technology in our society. She writes: ‘It is easy to get seduced by all the potential of the new and the wonders it promises. There is a lot of hype and not so much measured discussion … it is time for a conversation about our possible digital and human futures and about the world we might want to make together. What actions can we take, individually and collectively? Is there a particular Australian thread we could follow?’

Professor Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development. Professor Bell joined the ANU in February 2017, after 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities. She now heads the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched by the ANU in collaboration with the CSIRO’s Data61, tasked with building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity. Professor Bell presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she interrogated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.

WHEN: Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Old Boys Lecture Theatre, Newington College
COST: Free of charge
CONTACT: Newington College Reception on 02 9568 9333 or to reserve your place