Session 1 – Imagining the Future

Join our three speakers and chair Kai Riemer in this session as they engage with the conference theme and a range of difficult questions around imagining, sensing and creating the future.

After the three talks our speakers will discuss questions from the audience in a 20 minute Q&A panel session.

Laurie Aznavoorian : “The Promise of Better”
We develop new technologies to satisfy our insatiable desire to learn and create and also in the hopes that they will live up to their promise of improving the quality of our lives and the outputs of our labours. But at what point do new technology and the convenience of shortcuts, predictive responses and common solutions such as those offered by smart devices, Artificial Intelligence and robotics have the opposite effect and make us less innovative? Join Laurie as she explores this important question. LaurieA
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Eddie Harran : “The Future is always already here. Experiences of a Fringe Scout.”
Many technological revolutions and disruptions start out at the edges of industries and society, in sub cultures and fringe communities where people tinker with technologies driven by the desire to explore (see Napster, Bitcoin or 3D printing). How then can mainstream organisations become aware of emerging technologies, understand – and not (dis)miss – potential implications, and engage early? Join Eddie as he talks about his first-hand experience as a ‘fringe scout’, engaging with the edges of innovation to translate what is happening ‘in the future’ and make it accessible to the corporate world. EddieH
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Anne-Marie Elias: “Creating a human centred future (because it just isn’t progress if we leave people behind)”
Exponential change in technology, while exciting, can also be daunting. The International Labour Organisation predicts global unemployment to reach 3.6 billion in 2018. We know that automation, robots, technology will displace vast amounts of people.

So what do we need to think about? How do we balance technology with humanity? And most importantly, how do we ensure that people, especially the vulnerable, are not left behind?

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