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Mind Over Machine: AI, Creativity, Humanities, and the Arts


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Join a panel of AI experts, academics, and creatives to explore the impact of artificial intelligence on the arts and humanities.

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About the event

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking panel discussion on the current and future impacts of artificial intelligence on the arts and humanities. Our expert panel will explore the practical and ethical ramifications of AI technology on academia, publishing, and the creation of art, including its impact on intellectual property.

Featuring Pantera Press publisher and novelist John M Green; author, critic, and poet Richard King; lawyer and chair of Digital Rights Watch Lizzie O’Shea; supercomputing and AI expert Kiowa Scott-Hurley; chief scientist at the UNSW AI Institute Toby Walsh; and founder and director of the Jacky Winter Group Jeremy Wortsman. Each speaker will share a provocation informed by their expertise and experience, before opening up to a panel discussion hosted by ABC Big Ideas host Natasha Mitchell.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain unique insights into the intersection of AI, humanities, and the arts.

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Presented in partnership with Humanities 21. This event will be recorded and broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program.


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John M Green

John M Green is a best-selling author of six thrillers. His latest is Framed, an art heist novel. He’s chair and a co-founder of Pantera Press, one of Australia’s fastest growing independent book publishers. He’s also a prominent director of listed & unlisted companies with a l... Read more

Richard King

Richard King is an author and critic based in Fremantle, WA. He has been published in a range of newspapers and magazines, including The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Independent, The Monthly, Griffith Review, the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Overland, New Matilda and Austr... Read more

Natasha Mitchell

Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award-winning journalist, radio presenter, podcaster, and audio storyteller. She is host of the ABC Radio National’s flagship Big Ideas program and podcast, was founding host and producer of the internationally renowned radio show and one of the ABC’s first podcas... Read more

Lizzie O’Shea

Lizzie O’Shea is a lawyer and writer. She publishes regularly about law, technology, and human rights. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Her book, Future Histories, looks at radical social movements and theorists from history... Read more

Kiowa Scott-Hurley

Kiowa Scott-Hurley is a proud Djadja Wurrung woman who loves collaborating with researchers to scale, accelerate, and optimise their AI workflows on research computing systems at the Defence Science and Technology Group. Kiowa also has a passion for the arts, and you can catch her squeezing comics a... Read more

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is the Chief Scientist of UNSW.AI, UNSW’s new AI Institute. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many others on this topic. This advocacy has led to him ... Read more

Jeremy Wortsman

Jeremy Wortsman is the founder and director of The Jacky Winter Group, a leading creative services agency with offices in Melbourne, New York, and London. He also heads up its associated gallery space, Lamington Drive, and related artist residencies, Jacky Winter Gardens & Jacky Winter Waters. I... Read more


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