More human than human?

Reflect on the ethical implications of AI in this collaborative story-shaping experience.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology can identify a person hiding in a crowd, save lives by detecting sepsis in patients, shape our choices on dating apps, write poetry and pop songs, and drive a great many of our domestic appliances. But what ethical issues does AI give rise to and where do we draw the ethical line?

In this “choose your own adventure” interactive story session, delve into a possible near-future scenario involving machine consciousness and explore the ethical dilemmas it raises. At each fork in the road, an expert panel will give insight on the ethical implications of the decision you are faced with. Employing your critical thinking skills, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and deliberate with your fellow audience members before collectively deciding on the way forward.

With expert speakers from a range of disciplines — including bioethics, feminist technoscience, science fiction studies, indigenous knowledges and artificial intelligence — this experience will encompass diverse perspectives to shed light on the near future of AI and our interactions with it.

Thu 29 April, 7pm 9pm

Loop Project Space & Bar23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
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Event Speakers

Evie Kendal

Evie Kendal is a lecturer of Health Promotion at Swinburne University of Technology. Evie’s research interests include public health, bioethics and science fiction film and literature. Currently Evie is researching the potential application of artificial wombs for space exploration.

Helen Young

Helen Young is a Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. She researches speculative fictions, race, and popular culture. She is interested in the ways that the stories we tell shape how we engage with people, society and the world.

Leonard Hoon

Leonard Hoon is a Senior Research Fellow in the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, leading the Health Technologies and AI Ethics portfolios for the institute, and is a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Hub for Digital Enhanced Living. Leonard leverages his background in software engineering, usability and product management to enable research translation. Dr Hoon operates in discovery through to delivery of commercial research projects for the institute including work in human factors, natural language processing and the operationalisation of artificial intelligence.

Sean Redmond

Sean Redmond is Professor of Screen and Design at Deakin University. He is the author of Liquid Space: Digital Age Science Fiction Film and Television (2017), and Studying Blade Runner (2008),  the co-editor of Endangering Science Fiction Film (2015), and the editor of Liquid Metal: the Science Fiction Film Reader (2004). Sean brings a phenomenological lens to science fiction, seeking to understand its senses, impressions, and textures. Even robots have feelings.

Thao Phan

Thao Phan

Thao Phan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She is a feminist science and technology studies researcher who examines the technologization of gender and race in algorithmic culture. She is also the co-founder and convenor of AusSTS—the largest STS network in Australasia—and the Program Coordinator of the Deakin Science and Society Network.

Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.


  • Aural rating 75%
  • 18+
  • All knowledge levels welcome
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