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Exploring the impacts of AI through debates

The Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, is hosting a series of public debates. The University will have artificial intelligence (AI) experts from academia and industry who will describe the challenges and the potential of AI technology.

According to a recent press release, ‘The AI Debates’ will focus on three different areas that AI will impact over three events during Techweek2019.

Techweek2019 is a nationwide technology and innovation festival being held across the country from 20 to 26 May 2019.

The University is a research leader in the field of AI as well as in understanding its impact and potential for the New Zealand society.

Focusing on AI

With AI becoming ubiquitous, the speakers will be considering a range of aspects and impacts on the way people live and the challenges people might face, particularly in the automation of services, education, and employment.

The first debate is scheduled on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. The debate will be exploring the impact of artificial intelligence on automation. They will be discussing the following questions:

  1. Who is better at driving a car: a human or a computer?
  2. How will automation change our cities?
  3. Will AI make your life better?
  4. What are the moral and social consequences of this new technology?

Meanwhile, the second debate, which is scheduled on Wednesday, 22 May 2019, will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence on education.

The experts will delve into a variety of issues. These issues are:

  1. Whether a human or computer should educate our children
  2. If there is a viable future for the teaching profession
  3. What AI will bring to education

The third and final debate is scheduled on Thursday, 23 May 2019. The will look at artificial intelligence and employment. The participants will debate on the following:

  1. Who should decide whether you get a job: a human or a computer
  2. How AI will change the employment landscape
  3. Other questions

All three debates will be held at the University’s Victoria Business School.

How will technology shape the future?

This is an important national conversation that the University is taking part in because of the need to discuss what the future of technology and humanity might be.

As part of Techweek2019, Victoria University of Wellington will also offer the public a chance to explore the latest virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies at the University’s Te Aro Campus on Monday, 20 May 2019.

‘Converging Realities’ is comprised of a free Demo Day, wherein an interactive installation will be running all day.

Moreover, there will be a series of talks in the evening, wherein paying attendees will be given the opportunity to hear from leading innovators in the augmented, virtual, and mixed reality space about the future of this technology.


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