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2020 Gibbons Lecture 4: Social media, AI, and society: Some psychological insights

21 October 2020: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Room B10, The General Library,
5 Alfred St,
Auckland 1010
(also available to stream online)

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This session will be both held in person and streamed live online. The event address has been updated to the location on campus at the University of Auckland.

For people connecting remotely the webinar is held on youtube here, we will also email this link to all those registered on the day for convenience.


The Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland, in association with IT Professionals New Zealand, is pleased to announce the Gibbons Lecture Series for 2020. This year the lectures address aspects of AI and Society.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to make improvements to our lives in so many ways, including enhancing efficiencies in the workplace, generating productivity gains and having a positive impact on our wellbeing. It also promises to help with even bigger issues like uncovering criminal activity and solving crimes, dramatically influencing healthcare, addressing global challenges, and reducing global inequities and extreme poverty.

AI promises to have a far-reaching beneficial impact in our society. This evokes not only excitement but also fear. There are fears around privacy, trust, freedom of speech and the usage of AI and its regulation.

The 2020 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series will discuss the fears and excitement of AI today and in the future, and the impacts it could have both on and in our society.

Lecture 4: Social media, AI, and society: Some psychological insights

As advanced digital technologies become an indispensable part of nearly all aspects of everyday living, it is essential to consider the downstream effects on society.

In this talk, Associate Professor Kumar Yogeeswaran from the College of Science at the University of Canterbury will consider social scientific evidence on how these indispensable technologies shape people's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours.

  • 6-7pm Presentation
  • 7pm-7:30pm Refreshments


Registration Details:

This lecture series is free, but please register below.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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