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Night of Ideas - Confluences: Digital Revolution and Everyday Life

Envisioning the good life – what role for AI and automation?

Thursday 25 August 2022 6-8pm ACST

MOD. in Bradley Building

North Terrace adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide, Australia

Presented by the UniSA Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Museum of Discovery (MOD), and the French Embassy in Australia.

‘Confluences: Digital Revolution and Everyday Life’ is a public event focussing on the increasing presence of artificial intelligence (AI) and related digital technologies in everyday life.

The event is co-hosted by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and MOD. at the University of South Australia, as well as the French Embassy to Australia and forms part of an international suite of activities supported by the French Government’s Night of Ideas initiative celebrating the free circulation of ideas and knowledge through conferences, forums and artistic performances. The Night of Ideas focus this year is on “(Re)building together”.

‘Confluences: Digital Revolution and Everyday Life’ will involve two interconnected activities:

Firstly, in the University of South Australia’s Bradley Forum, Professor of Emerging Technologies Sarah Pink and renowned social theorist Professor Anthony Elliott will discuss the increasing impregnation of digital technologies and AI in peoples’ homes, workplaces and other everyday environments. Audiences will be encouraged to consider how this digitisation of everyday life is impacting people, shaping social interactions and altering politics.

Following this discussion, audience members will be invited to a cocktail reception and networking event at MOD. where they can bring the lines of thought being developed to bear on exhibits and displays that signify the invisible presence of AI in everyday life.

The event will be chaired by MOD. Director, futurist and engineer Dr Kristin Alford and introduced by Mr Boris Toucas, Head of Culture, Education, Science & Technology at the Embassy of France in Australia. It will also include contributions from French scholars and experts on AI, including Jean-Marie John-Mathews, coordinator of the ‘Good In tech’ academic chair at Sciences Po, France.

Free entry. Drinks and Nibbles provided at MOD.


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