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AI: From Imagination to Reality

14 June 2023
6.00pm – 8.00pm AEST
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
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The emergence of generative AI has captured the public’s consciousness, with ChatGPT being one of the most prominent examples of this new age technology. From art and music to healthcare and scientific research, generative AI has the potential to revolutionise a wide range of industries and fields. However, as with any powerful technology, there are significant ethical concerns and potential risks that must be addressed.

Presented by UNSW Engineering and UNSW AI Institute, join our expert panellists for a thought-provoking discussion on the future of generative AI, its potential and pitfalls, the dangers of deep fakes, and the broader implications of AI for society, industry, and beyond.

Panel speakers:

  • Wilson da Silva (Host), journalist and editor.
  • Rita Arrigo, Strategic Engagement Manager, CSIRO National AI Centre.
  • Aurélie Jacquet, Chair of the Standards Committee IT043 on Artificial Intelligence, Standards Australia.
  • Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson, Senior Lecturer in Epistemics, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney.
  • Toby Walsh, Chief Scientist at UNSW AI Institute, and Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney.



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Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.



Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney is easily accessible via public transport. The closest train station is Wynyard train station (4 minute walk), and Wynyard Light Rail station (5 minute walk).

The closest parking station is under the hotel (operated by Care Park). Parking after 5pm is $12.00. For discounted rates, please book online via Care Park.



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Wilson da Silva (Host)

Journalist and editor

Wilson da Silva is a science journalist and consultant. The co-founder and long-time editor of COSMOS magazine, he’s worked at ABC TV, Reuters, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and New Scientist, and is a former president of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

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Rita Arrigo

Strategic Engagement Manager CSIRO National AI Centre.

Rita is Strategic Engagement Manager at CSIRO National AI Centre, focused on building a Responsible AI Network a world first cross-ecosystem collaboration aimed at establishing and sharing the best practice of responsible AI in the commercial sector.

Previously, Deputy Director Centre of Industrial AI Research and Innovation (CIAIRI), Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft she cultivates innovation with emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Mixed Reality (MR) & Digital Twin to industry sectors including health, transport, energy, education and urban planning, customer engagement and environmental stewardship. She was appointed an AI Ambassador and continues to advocate for ways that AI and XR can reinvent experiences in work and daily life.

An accomplished speaker who has gained recognition as an expert in AI, innovation, and digital technology. Her passion for cutting-edge immersive technology is exemplified by the demo’s she delivers with her own HoloLens 2.  She has been sought after as a keynote speaker for many years, with experience in television, radio, podcasting, and workshops, Rita has a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and society. She is also an esteemed judge of the Women in AI Awards and looks forward to continuing her contributions to this important initiative.

She holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Computing from Monash University as well as qualifications in Marketing (Monash University), Artificial Intelligence (Microsoft INSEAD AI Business School), Design Thinking (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford), and Design Thinking Essentials (Luma Institute).

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Aurélie Jacquet

Chair of the Standards Committee IT043 on Artificial Intelligence, Standards Australia.

Aurélie Jacquet is a leading figure in the development of responsible artificial intelligence (AI) systems. She is an expert in governance and responsible use of emerging technologies, as well as data ethics and privacy.

Aurélie works on leading global initiatives for the implementation of Responsible AI. She is the chair of the Standards Australia committee representing Australia at the International Standards on Artificial Intelligence (IT-043).  She has held this role since December 2018 and, under her leadership, this committee works to mirror standardisation of AI globally and provide Australia with a voice in the international AI conversation.

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Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson

Senior Lecturer in Epistemics, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney.

Seb’s research reaches across theoretical artificial intelligence and the ethics of information technology. On the mathematical side of things, he is busy with substructural epistemic logics in the space of knowledge representation and reasoning. On the agency side, he is busy with an anti-foundationalist approach to free will and action, and virtue ethics as an escape from neo-luddite seductions. He sees AI as an affordance for human flourishing.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist of UNSW.AI, UNSW Sydney’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 being "banned indefinitely" from Russia. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and was named on the international "Who's Who in AI" list of influencers. He has written four books on AI for a general audience, the most recent is Faking It! Artificial Intelligence in a Human World.