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What comes next? | Humanities

7 September 2022
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
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The 21st century has been plagued with one crisis after another – a global pandemic, climate catastrophes, economic turmoil and senseless violence. So how do we equip ourselves for what’s around the corner?  

To forge our path through this uncertainty, hear from five UNSW Sydney thinkers who are discovering the future of video gaming, the wild west of cryptocurrencies, the dark side of hybrid education and how we could use algorithms to build the cities of the future.

Making living cities | John Carr
We’ve made momentous advances in technology, transport and architecture, but our blueprint for a city has not changed since the Second World War. So what could our urban hubs of the future look like? 

Are computer-generated cities the future? | Claire Daniel
We trust algorithms to do everything from online shopping to telling us what to eat for dinner, is it time we let them help us build the cities of the future? 

The future of social gaming | Nathan J Jackson
This year, Twitch streamers have watched 6.13 billion hours of video game content… so where is this massive industry heading? And what does the future of gaming look like?  

The dark forest of cryptocurrency | Tony Song
More people than ever are investing in cryptocurrency which means tech fraud has skyrocketed. How can governments introduce laws that curb the danger of investing whilst avoiding over-regulation?

Why hybrid learning isn't the answer | Sasha Vassar
In theory, synchronous hybrid learning is a fantastic idea: students and teachers have increased flexibility, and universities can benefit from increased enrolments. But in reality, hybrid learning is not everything it is cracked up to be. 


The Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (D8 on this map).

Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.  


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority, and this event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.  

  • 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.

  • Face masks are recommended.






Wheelchair Access
Enter the UNSW Kensington campus via Gate 2 High St and turn right at the roundabout. The entrance is immediately on your left under the concrete steps, opposite the University Terraces carpark. The closest carpark is available opposite the entrance beneath the University Terraces.

Assisted Listening
The Io Myers Studio has an infrared hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to identify themselves to the front of house team, and a headset will be provided.

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here


For all enquiries, please email or call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Rob Brooks

Rob Brooks (Host)

Rob Brooks is Scientia Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UNSW Sydney, and is an international expert on the conflicting and evolutionary interests that make sex sizzle and render reproduction complex. He knows all about sex dolls, the role of digital lovers and the rise of new technology that is changing the nature of courtship. His latest book Artificial Intimacy charts what happens when love and technology collide.