The Algorithmic Futures Podcast

The Algorithmic Futures Podcast

We talk to technology creators, regulators and dreamers from around the world to learn how complex technologies may shape our environment and societies in the years to come.

Episodes

November 29, 2023 53 mins

In our final episode of season 2, we are grateful to be joined by Damith Herath, Associate Professor of Robotics and Art at the University of Canberra. Damith is a multi-talented roboticist with a long history of working in the art world, and an interest in understanding how to shape human-robot collaboration in real-world environments. During our conversation, Damith talks to us about how his innate drive to experiment with elect...

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What does responsibility look like in military contexts – and how do you think about encoding it in autonomous military technologies with the capacity to harm? In today’s episode, we explore this topic from a legal perspective with the help of Lauren Sanders. Lauren is a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland with expertise in international criminal law, inter...

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In this episode, we explore the “nuclear mindset” – a term being thrown around in discussions about Australia’s plans to acquire conventionally-armed, nuclear powered submarines as part of the AUKUS trilateral partnership between the US, UK, and Australia. With the help of Veronica Taylor, Will Grant, and Ed Simpson, guest co-host AJ Mitchell and I explore what a nuclear mindset might look like, and discuss how we can help train a ...

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Our episode today features Tracey Spicer, award winning journalist, author, and social justice advocate who begins this episode with a story from her own life: her son, after watching an episode of South Park, declared “Mum, I want a robot slave.” This declaration prompted Tracey to begin a seven-year journey exploring how society shapes the technology we surround ourselves with, and how technology in turn shapes us. Her findings a...

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You have probably heard of ChatGPT – the generative AI language model that is already transforming work and education. In this episode, we explore the many potential benefits and challenges ChatGPT and models like it pose for education and law with the help of Simon Chesterman, author of We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law, David Marsh...

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What does human flourishing have to do with human-machine teams? And how do we meaningfully engage stakeholders in consultations about some of the most challenging problems of our time? Listen in as we explore some of these questions with Kate Devitt, co-founder and CEO of BetterBeliefs – a platform for evidence-based stakeholder engagement and decision-making – who also happ...

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Most of us have a vested interest in what happens in space – whether we know it or not. Listen in as we talk to Cassandra Steer, Deputy Director of the Australian National University Institute for Space – or ANU InSpace, for short – about space law, diversity and inclusivity in the space sector, and why having diverse perspectives contribute to Australia’s future in space is ...

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Our second episode of Season 2 features Sue Keay. Sue is currently the robotics technology lead at OZ Minerals, Chair and Founder of Robotics Australia Group, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for ...

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Our first episode of Season 2 features Julie Carpenter, author of Culture and Human-Robot Interaction in Militarised Spaces: A War Story. Julie is a social scientist based in San Francisco, and her work explores how humans experience emerging technologies. Listen in as we delve into the relationship between humans and robots, exploring everything from love and intimacy to the bonds humans form with robots deployed in military setti...

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Today, we’re honoured to be joined by Jenny Zhang -- a software engineer and writer based in Canada. Her purpose-driven approach to technology development comes through clearly throughout our time with her, and (we think) offers up valuable lessons to anyone seeking to generate beneficial impact in the tech industry.

Listen in as we talk to Jenny about her circuitous path to...

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In this episode we talk with Caitlin Bentley, a Lecturer in AI Education at King’s College London. Caitlin’s research has predominantly engaged with questions around how technology systems can be designed and implemented in ways that promote social inclusion, empowerment and democratic participation. Tune in to hear about a theme of fierce women in history, the ups and downs of experimenting with educational pedagogies, intersectio...

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In this episode, co-hosts Zena and Liz share some of their experiences on creating podcast episodes in support of the Social Responsibility of Algorithms workshop series and discuss the potential futures of the Algorithmic Futures podcast. Along the way, they have a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from how assumptions get embedded in technologies deployed at scale to what it’s like being a woman working in a male-domina...

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In today’s episode, we get a sense of what it’s like to manage a water system here in Australia with the help of our guest, Sam Yenamandra, the manager of Asset Performance at Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Murrumbidgee Irrigation has been going through something like a technological revolution for the past 20 years -- driven by the need to deliver water more efficiently and reliably, and provide greater flexibility to customers they ser...

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In this episode, we explore the way technology scales in times of rapid change – such as the time in which we currently live. We’ll use a single piece of technology to shape our exploration: the South Australian Home Quarantine app. This was rolled out as a trial to enable home quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app was the focus of intense debate in Australia, and drew attention from commentators in the US, because it us...

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In this episode, Katherine Daniell and Flynn Shaw from the Australian National University (ANU) join us to talk about the ways Australia and the EU governments approach artificial intelligence policy. This episode is designed to provide attendees of the Social Responsibility of Algorithms 2022 a brief overview of the approaches both sets of governments use to shape the present and future of artificial intelligence.

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In this episode, we chat with Dan Jermyn, Chief Decision Scientist for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, about an artificial intelligence-enabled digital system the bank uses to communicate with its 15 million+ customers. As you’ll hear in the episode, Dan has a track record of leading teams involved in creating groundbreaking data-driven tools for the financial sector in both the UK and Australia. We invited him to join us today to ...

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In this episode, we chat with Pia Andrews, a self-described “open government, digital transformation and data geek” with a passion for making the world a better place.  She predominantly works in the public sector transforming public services, policies and culture through greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design, open data and emerging technologies in the public sector and beyond. For more about Pia, visi...

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In this episode, we chat with Dr Lyndon Llewellyn, Research Manager for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), about the past, present, and cyber-physical future of AIMS's work on the Great Barrier Reef.

As you'll hear in the episode, Lyndon is a multidisciplinary scientist, with expertise in biology, pharmacology, biotechnology and data science. He has a track record of creating and leading multi-organisational project...

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In this episode we chat to Fred Roberts, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University, and Alexis Tsoukiàs, a CNRS research director at LAMSADE, PSL University, Université Paris Dauphine, on how they came to be prominent researchers within their respective fields, complex real-world systems, and how the Social Responsibility of Algorithms workshop series (2...

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