Faking It – Griffith Review 80: Creation Stories
Auditorium 1, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
From the trickery of the Mechanical Turk to the mimicry of ChatGPT, machines have been fooling us for centuries – but now more than ever before, it feels easy to believe in their sentience. To launch Griffith Review 80: Creation Stories, Toby Walsh, Chief Scientist at UNSW.ai, talks to Antony Funnell about what our increasingly complex interactions with AI mean for the future of humanity. In celebration of Griffith Review’s eightieth edition and twentieth anniversary, Creation Stories travels through time and space to explore the many tales of who we are and where we might be headed. Supported by Griffith Review.
Professor Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist of UNSW.AI, UNSW's new AI Institute. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many others on this topic. This advocacy has led to him being "banned indefinitely" from Russia. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international "Who's Who in AI" list of influencers. He has written three books on AI for a general audience, the most recent is Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI.
Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of several books including the non-fiction work The Future and Related Nonsense (Harper Collins) and the satirical novel So Far, So Good (Hybrid). Antony is the presenter of the Future Tense podcast/programme on ABC Radio National.