Panel Discussion:

The ethics of robot servants.

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Robots are here to serve us. Whether they are vacuuming our carpets, acting as companions, working in our offices or carrying out other tasks, we are the ones barking orders. For now anyway.

Is this our version of modern servitude? Should robots have rights, time off, unions, identity numbers, legal identification?

How do we feel about having multiple robots living with us, in our house, reading stories to our children? And what happens when we become emotionally dependant on them? Or if they hurt someone - who is actually responsible? Tap into the collective wisdom of:

>> Marley Brown - a startup founder fighting social isolation in elderly communities through Pepper robots
>> Marianne de Pierres - a science fiction author, here to tease out our dystopian (or utopian) future
>> Paula Dootson – an expert in deviance and its applications to the digital economy
>> Sue Keay - Brisbane’s Queen on all things robotics and the panel’s techie guru
>> Toby Walsh – who is on a mission to rid the world of potential killer robots
>> And of course Marek Kowalkiewicz who already lives with a hierarchy of robots at home!

There is no escaping. Robots are already in our households and workplaces. Join us to add more questions and potentially an answer or two to one of the biggest ethical debates of the decade.
Event at a glance.
Date: Tuesday March 12
Time: 6pm to 7.45pm (Registration and drinks from 6pm. Session starts at 6.30pm)

Where: The Atrium, P Block, QUT, Gardens Point
Our (super) panel of experts.
Moderator: Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz
Chair in Digital Economy, QUT

With a passion for exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems, Marek has extensive industry based innovation implementation experience together with a strong academic background.

His role of Senior Director, Products and Innovation with SAP, Silicon Valley saw him successfully lead teams of researchers and developers in many innovative projects. He drove the set up of a brand new SAP Research centre in Singapore and SAP’s newest, flagship series of developer events, d-kom
Marley Brown
CEO and Co-founder, Conpago

Brisbane-based aged care startup Conpago is reducing loneliness within the elderly community using IoT software, a SoftBank robot called Pepper, and a household kettle.

Founded in 2016 as a way to combat social isolation within elderly demographics, Conpago offers tablet-based software that bridges the gap between older generations and modern technology.

Marley holds a Bachelor of Business with a minor in Civil Engineering from QUT, and has previously been on the board of several not for profit organisations. 
Dr Marianne de Pierres
Sci-fi Author

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS science fiction trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series. In 2014, she was the recipient of a Curtin University Distinguished Australian Alumni award for her contribution to feminist science fiction. She has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the NIGHT CREATURES trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens.

Marianne consults as a futurist and is an active supporter of genre fiction. She lives in Brisbane, Australia and also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.
Dr Paula Dootson
Senior Research Fellow, QUT Chair in Digital Economy

Paula is a Senior Research Fellow for the Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organisations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes result in deviant or non-compliant behaviour. 

Paula manages a contemporary research portfolio and converts industry driven opportunities into research outcomes of global relevance. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems.
Sue Keay
Research Director, Cyber-physical Systems CSIRO's Data61

Recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 "Women in Robotics you need to know about", as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100) and as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), Sue combines science with business.

She leads the Cyber-Physical Systems program for CSIRO’s Data61 and her experience in robotics includes setting up the world's first robotic vision research centre.

Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI.
Professor Toby Walsh
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of NSW

Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as one of the "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives.

He has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"), speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic.

Toby is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. 
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