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Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series 2: Tikanga AI: Enabling mātauranga Māori in the future of AI development within Aotearoa - New Zealand

13 May 2021: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lib B10 Lecture Theatre
General Library Basement, (109-B10)
The University of Auckland
5 Alfred Street, Auckland CBD, 1010

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2021 Gibbons Lecture Series: 
Dissolving the interface between humans and computers

For many people, it's become impossible to imagine life without a smartphone. We're so used to keeping them close and checking them constantly without thinking. They could be seen as permanent attachments to our bodies, or permanently attached burdens.

Technologies beyond the smartphone that blur the boundaries between the human body and computers are becoming more commonplace, and are merging our work, social, personal and cultural identities. Immersive virtual reality is widespread, and seamless augmented reality seems imminent. There are also signs that full brain-computer interfaces are making their way from science fiction into reality.

Have we reached the pinnacle of these human-computer technologies? Is there more functionality or benefit we can gain? And how will they impact our wellbeing and community cohesion?

Our 2021 Gibbons Lecture Series will examine the latest technologies connecting humans and computers; the ways they are developed, the new innovations on the horizon, and how they could be used to connect ourselves to wellbeing, diversity and culture.

The 2021 Gibbons Memorial Lecture series will be held in person and also streamed live via the university website

There are four lectures in the series on 6, 13, 20 and 27 May - lectures commence at 6:00pm.
There will be some refreshments after each lecture at 7pm in the Basement Foyer of the Library Building (109-B00C1).
PLEASE NOTE: We will take necessary precautions to ensure we comply with the alert level restrictions

Lecture 2, Tikanga AI: Enabling mātauranga Māori in the future of AI development within Aotearoa - New Zealand

Māori are at the forefront of indigenous AI, creating new areas of technological and cultural discourse. With deep kete of traditional knowledge, whanau are hosting broad discussions on the future impact of global tech like AI, IoT, Autonomous Driving & Big Data, seeking insight for good and preparing for potential future harm. From Marae Wifi initiatives that improve hapu access to the internet to the creation of the Māori Spectrum Commission, which will enable direct Iwi participation in the emerging 5G space, the key focus for Māori is not so much the applications of AI in Aotearoa - New Zealand, but the ethical considerations and the lack of Māori input into these conversations.

This talk will discuss and consider examples of tikanga, kawa, tapu, noa and kaitiakitanga and how they apply. The kaupapa of Tikanga AI has a growing body of attention, with CCTV facial recognition initiatives being challenged locally and continuing issues of AI-bias occurring globally. Our korero will look at many of these areas, alongside the preservation of te reo Māori through ML/AI adaptation, renewable energy considerations, environmental & demographic modeling, as well as some of the long-term threats, risks and challenges Māori are likely to face. Nau mai, whakarongo mai.

About the speaker

Potaua Biasiny-Tule (Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Whakatohea, Niuean) is a young Māori leader in the IT industry, who is passionate about inspiring the next generation of digital natives. He has worked on the Google Māori project, built a centre for young IT learners with Digital Natives Academy (DNA), established Digital Basecamp for IT professionals in Rotorua and is an active advocate for Māori digital rangatiratanga.

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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