Date: 20 March, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM AEDT | 12:00 PM NZDT | 07:00 AM SGT

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Event Overview

In this AfterNext series episode 4, experts will delve into how generative AI is reshaping experiences and development. They will discuss the impact on business and our personal lives. More importantly how they see our lives leveraging AI in 5 years? Will we still be able to be the guardians of AI? What will we give up?

We are now foraging into the world of AI with much more investment, and it is already creating a network effect with the latest hype around Generative AI. Why is Generative AI getting all the attention, and why should we care?

AI continues to add real value but some questions still need to be answered regarding enabling the responsible, explainable, ethical, and trusted use of AI. Having the correct data set coupled with human oversight, the influence of cultural values and addressing the accountability gap and governance issues have been a constant debate.

About the AfterNext Series:
We all think about the present world we live in and wonder what the future will be like. We live in the now and the next, but how often do we think about what comes After Next? The AfterNext series is an inspiration for envisioning the future with fresh and distinctive perspectives. In collaboration with Trans-Tasman Business Circle, this series endeavours to inspire dialogue among leaders and organisations to drive change that will help build a more equitable and sustainable global community. Read more about AfterNext series.

Speaker Details

Prof. Toby Walsh

Prof. Toby Walsh, Chief Scientist, Laureate Fellow & Scientia Professor of AI, UNSW’s AI Institute

Toby Walsh is Chief Scientist at, UNSW's new AI Institute. He is a Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, and he is also an adjunct fellow at CSIRO Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a fellow of the ACM, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence. He has won the prestigious Humboldt Prize as well as the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT, and the ACP Research Excellence award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"). His advocacy in this area has led to him being "banned indefinitely" from Russia. 

Toby Walsh regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics on society. He is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good such as with autonomous weapons. He has appeared on TV and radio stations on the ABC, BBC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, CCTV, CNN, DW, NPR, RT, SBS, and VOA, as well as on numerous other radio stations and podcasts (a recent showreel). He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos, Technology Review, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Conversation and "The Best Writing in Mathematics". His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He has given talks at public and trade events like CeBIT, the World Knowledge Forum, TEDx, New Scientist Live and writers festivals in Adelaide, Bendigo, Bhutan, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Jaipur, Margaret River, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Sydney and elsewhere. He has been profiled by the New York Times and the Brilliant, but was even more surprised (spelt embarrassed) to have an IMBD entry and to have been made the cover story of his old school magazine

Dr. Andrew McMullan

Dr. Andrew McMullan, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Andrew is a former lecturer and research associate in statistics and previously the Director of Customer Analytics & Decisioning at Royal Bank of Scotland.

In his current role as Chief Data & Analytics Officer in Technology at Commonwealth Bank, Andrew leads the data and analytics team, who are responsible for the delivery of world-class data, analytics and technology capabilities to build a brighter future for all. The core functions include: Customer Engagement Engine, Data Office and Data Science and Advanced Modelling.

Dr. Ian Oppermann

Dr. Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC).

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof. Sally Eaves

Prof. Sally Eaves, Chair of Cyber Trust and Senior Policy Advisor for the Global Foundation of Cyber Studies and Research

Prof. Sally Eaves is Chair of Cyber Trust and Senior Policy Advisor for the Global Foundation of Cyber Studies and Research. Described as the ‘torchbearer for ethical tech’ she is the inaugural recipient of the Frontier Technology and Social Impact Award, presented at the United Nations. A Chief Technology Officer by background, and now Professor in Advanced Technologies and a Global Strategic Advisor across Emergent Technologies, Sally is an award winning International Author, MC, Keynote Speaker and Thought Leader on Digital Transformation (AI, 5G, Cyber Security, Cloud, Blockchain, Governance, IoT, Data Science) alongside Culture, Skills, DEI, Sustainability and Social Impact.

Sally educates and mentors actively to support the next generation of tech talent and has founded Aspirational Futures to enhance inclusion, diversity and equality in education and technology, with her latest book on ‘Tech For Good’ set to be released in 2022. Sally is consistently recognised for global influence in the technology space by leading bodies such as Onalytica, appearing in the top 10 worldwide across multiple disciplines from AI to 5G to Sustainability and beyond.