Enthusiastic crowd at the AI Forum Connect event 'Artificial Intelligence in Dunedin: Research, industry, and public policy' at SIGNAL Dunedin.

Over 70 people attended the AI Forum Connect event in Dunedin last night to discuss the impact and deployment of AI in New Zealand.

AI Forum NZ Executive Director Ben Reid commenced the evening with an insight into the purpose of the AIForum in NZ, and then introduced the guest speakers, who hailed from the University of Otago and Industry.   

Univeristy of Otago's Centre for AI and Public Policy’s Joy Liddicoat discussed AI’s impact on professional employment including education, journalism, law and medicine. 

Her colleague James Maclaurin  explored the potential uses of AI within government, and how machines will only be an amplifier of it's creators bias, hence the need for human overview. 

Steven Mills of Otago’s Department of Computer Science presented his latest machine vision and machine learning research findings. 

And local Rocketwerkz games programmer Amy Harman provided valuable insights to gaming AI.

The panel discussion at the end was full of interesting questions and insightful discussion into AI, including the multidisciplinary skills and educational pathways required to fuel the growth in the AI labour market, the importance of humanistic input into AI, the amplified requirement to include diverse people and thought patterns into AI and  what the average person can do to be part of this very important conversation.   Thanks to the very engaged audience, the fantastic speakers, and panel facilitator,  Director of Otago’s Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, Colin Gavaghan.

For more info on the AI Forum of NZ go to https://aiforum.org.nz/, and SIGNAL hopes to host further events in the future. 


Posted: Tuesday October 9, 2018