Can AI and other technology create safer societies?

Announcement of new Panel Discussion at AI-DAY 2019


Kia ora,

Like all New Zealanders, the AI-DAY team are devastated by the tragic events in Christchurch. Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families, friends and everyone affected. There are a number of opportunities to donate and provide support to the victims and their families.

AI Day 2019 is adding an important panel debate to our two day programme to discuss how AI and other technology can help make our world safer, in light of the tragic events in Christchurch.

Understandably technology is playing a role in the current public debate, from the part played by social media in disseminating violent content, to how we balance the right to privacy with the requirement for surveillance driven by a need for public safety and security.

The panel of leading AI experts will discuss how new technology raises fresh data, privacy and security challenges - but also promises new opportunities for public safety.  

Scheduled in the closing session on Thursday 28th March the debate will be moderated by technology commentator and journalist Russell Brown.  

Panelists include US based Kiwi entrepreneur Sean Gourley, founder of machine intelligence company Primer, Microsoft Strategic Policy Advisor Dave Heiner, Nobel Prize winning disarmament leader Thomas Nash, AI-DAY MC Cassie Roma and other invited guests.

We wanted to use AI-DAY as an opportunity for constructive, reasoned debate and bring some big ideas as to how New Zealand and the world uses technology to build safer societies in the future.

The new panel will be in addition to an earlier one on the same day discussing Privacy and Data in the Age of AI, a debate which itself will have changed after last week.

We hope that this new panel at AI-DAY will provide real and meaningful insights on the ways that technology can, and can't help fix some of these issues.

From the organising team, we look forward to seeing you there.

Kia Kaha.

AI-DAY talks and panels are not live-streamed, to participate in this live discussion please register for a Conference Pass here. Videos will be published a few weeks after the event.