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The Great AI Debate

17 October 2017: 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

IBM Auckland
Level 4, 30 Gaunt St
Wynyard Quarter
Auckland Central

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As AI becomes more ubiquitous, in the home and workplace, our roads and the hospitals, with the deployed systems increasingly becoming autonomous, society needs to consider the ethics underpinning and supporting these systems.

Will AI work for the greater human good or will AI make our society even more unequal? Will AI destroy jobs or help create jobs and prosperity? What will the role of humans be in the future world powered by AI?

We assembled a panel of experts to consider the technical and ethical issues surrounding AI and explore the wider role that society as a whole may need to take.

The Auckland Branch of IT Professionals NZ wishes to thank IBM for providing the venue for this event.

Light refreshments will be provided, please e-mail [email protected] if you have any special dietary requirements.

The Auckland Branch of IT Professionals NZ wishes to thank Catalyst IT for providing sponsorship towards catering of this event.

About The Panellists

Isuru Fernando

Isuru is the Country Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Leader for IBM New Zealand. Globally, Isuru has extensive experience working with leading organisations on technology and economic disruption. Isuru is a recognised thought leader at IBM, is part of IBM's Global Top Talent and sits on the Worldwide panel for Product futures. Isuru holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Auckland where he spent his time pushing the boundaries of theory and practice. He has co-founded a successful start-up, is a board member of the Association of Information Professionals Asia Pacific Chapter, a member of the Embedded Systems and Robotics research group at the University of Auckland and a published author.

Stu Christie

Stuart is the Chair the AI Forum of NZ and Investment Manager for the NZ Venture Investment Fund. Prior to that Stuart was the founder of the mobile banking and payments company M-Com which was established in 2000 and sold to Fiserv (USA) in 2011. Prior to M-Com Stuart held a variety of senior management roles in the capital markets, banking and telecommunications industries including Merrill Lynch, ANZ Bank, Telecom Mobile, Advantage Group and InvestmentLink in NZ and the Derivatives Broker GNI Ltd in the UK. He was also Vice President of the NZ Wireless Data Forum.
Stuart has an MBA from the Bradford School of Management in the UK and a B Hort. Sci. (marketing) from Massey University.

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison has had an interest in artificial intelligence since his early teen years. In this twenties he was active in developing artificial life and evolutionary algorithms. In 2003 Peter became the President of the New Zealand Open Source Society. Over the next several years he was heavily involved with the campaign against software patents and against over reaching copyright law. In 2007 he was awarded the Open Source Ambassadors Award at the New Zealand Open Source Awards. Professionally Harrison has been developing business automation systems for several years. In 2005 he authored "Rise of the Immortals", an article about the rise of artificial intelligence. In 2015 he expanded on this theme with "Immortals vs The Precariat" in 2015, which was published in the Australian Rationalist. More recently Harrison gave a talk to the Unitarians on Raising Robots, with a focus on AI safety and ethics.

Richard Wilde

Richard holds MSc in biology at the University of Auckland. He is the founder of the Reason and Science Society while at the UoA, has worked as a programmer/data analyst for market research companies and now in the health sector. Richard has strong interest in artificial intelligence, from both a philosophical and scientific/technical perspective

David Bloch

David is an experienced data science executive, leader and strategist that employs the creative use of technology to solve business challenges. David has had the fortune of wearing many different hats through a career that rode the wave of emergent technology in the data domain and has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary teams that tackle complex challenges. David is currently the Head of Analytics and Data Strategy at Vodafone, where he leads a team focused on a Big Data cluster processing over 120B raw event items per month into predictive analytics and machine learning models that drive campaign marketing, customer experience and proactive communications.

Igor Portugal

Igor Portugal works at Catalyst IT, a global team of over 250 skilled open source technologists with some AI/ML technology expertise. Igor founded four successful start ups, sold one to gen-i and raised significant capital for another. Igor helped hundreds of businesses implement a variety of information and communication technology projects. Igor is passionate about technology making a positive impact on our lives and is a voice of positivity and opportunity when it comes to discussions about new and disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence.

Priti Ambani

Priti Ambani is co-founder at The Next Billion, an impact-driven enterprise enabling the growing number of women-led enterprises worldwide. The company launched Globally Spotted - a discovery platform for smart and innovative women led business from the world over. Priti is a thought leader on the platform and digital economy. Over the last 8+ years, she has worked with organisations that are keen to harness the productivity of the Internet to solve societal challenges, particularly within the changing dynamics of the future of work and society in the midst of exponential technologies. Priti is part of the core team at Tech Futures Lab as business disruption & innovation faculty, helping Kiwis be better prepared for tech-enabled careers in the 21st century. Follow her on Twitter @envirotarian

Sonya Crosby

Sonya is Chief Innovation Officer for the SKYCITY Entertainment Group. This role focuses on key strategic opportunities to grow new shareholder value through reimagining the future of entertainment. Sonya has a strong background in digital innovation, most recently driving a number of global initiatives at Fonterra. Her earlier career includes a focus on data driven and customer oriented businesses, holding executive roles with Datamine and Affinity ID and, earlier again, in senior management roles with a range of organisations in New Zealand and abroad including McCann Global and Saatchi & Saatchi. Sonya is a past President of the Association for New Zealand Advertisers and co-Founder of the Wynyard Innovation Neighbourhood.

Moderated by Guy Burgess

Guy is an Auckland-based commercial lawyer (not yet replaced by a robot) specialising in Information Technology, an occasional programmer, and the director of a legal technology firm. He is on the Auckland Branch Committee of ITP and has a strong interest in AI.

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Attendance Cost

ITP Financial MembersFREE
Staff of Corporate Partners (20% Discount)$17.39 + GST / $20.00 incl GST
Non-Members$21.74 + GST / $25.00 incl GST

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