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AI: From Imagination to Reality

There is such a hunger out there among people for information about AI. There are so many doomsayers and panic merchants. And people just want to know what can AI and in particular generative AI do for me, in my personal life and in my job. For me, Chat GPT is a great way to summarise information and an excellent source for recipes.

I attended the AI: From Imagination to Reality event in Sydney last night, and it was a packed house. This was a joint presentation by UNSW Engineering and UNSW AI Institute*. There was an expert panel who had a thought-provoking discussion on the future of generative AI, its potential and pitfalls, and the broader implications of AI for society, industry, and beyond.

Panel members were (biographies here):

  • 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.

You can watch the video of the event here.

* Disclosure: I am Head of Business Intelligence for the UNSW AI Institute and hold an academic appointment in the Faculty of Engineering