Welcome to Something Digital.
When: Tue 20 Oct, 9am to 10.30am
Where: The Precinct
Stream: Deep Geek
Block ModeratorMartijn Mooij, Senior User Experience Designer, CSIRO's Data61

Opening >> Welcome to Something Digital 2020.

2020 will forever go down in history as ’that year’. The year when the world as we knew it came tumbling down. When we dealt with bushfires, pandemics, political instability and ongoing uncertainty but rose through it with a renewed sense of what it means to be human and what it means to be together.

In adversity lies opportunity. Opportunities to do things that we might have not necessarily done in a ’normal’ world. To take risks. To grow in ways we never thought possible.

2020 is giving us the freedom to be rebels in a BRAVE new world.
Nadine Zrinzo, Co-Founder, Something Digital  
Martijn Mooij,
Senior User Experience Designer, CSIRO's Data61

Acknowledgement of country by Geoff Fabila

Presentation >> From a Robot’s point of view...  

Have you ever stopped to wonder what life from a robot’s perspective would be like? Or to gasp at the unlimited potential that could unfold if we simply let robots change the way we saw the world?

When we treat robots as automated humans, in a humanoid form, carrying out productivity tasks, we miss a vital opportunity to question the role of cognition in the future of robotics.

It is only by exploring the relationship of AI & robotics; embodiment & sensory feedback; affordance and perspective, that we can truly create intelligent robots. Whether that is a utopian or dystopian future is yet to be seen! 
Elliot Duff, Principal Robotics Research Consultant, CSIRO

Conversation >> Is responsible innovation a utopian pipe dream?

The term 'responsible innovation' is often thrown around our ecosystem, but what does it really mean? What do we expect from it? And who is going to deliver? Balancing technology’s advantages with its potential harm, misuse or injustice is challenging at best. As is deciphering who is accountable to stop us from rolling down the ethical slippery dip.

Is responsible innovation a term we simply throw around to appease our conscience? Is there a way to prove that technology can be responsible? Let’s stop the circular debates. Responsible innovation starts with us. Or does it? 
Justine Lacey, Director, Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform, CSIRO
Kate Devitt, Social & Ethics Robotics Researcher, Defence Science & Technology Group Australia 
Stephen Bornstein, CEO, Cyborg Dynamics Engineering