AUT Research Week / Te Wiki Rangahau 2023 (4-8 September) is coming up in just 4 weeks! There are over 30 events in the programme on a huge variety of topics. All AUT staff and research students are welcome to attend; and some events are open to the wider community as well.
One Research Week event that is particularly timely is the School of Communication Studies’ Symposium on AI. “The Human and the Machine: AI and the Changing World” on Wednesday 6 September will feature expert speakers discussing how Artificial Intelligence affects education, film visual effects, game design, advertising, healthcare, the elderly, news media, the music industry, and even tinnitus therapy! Symposium presenter Dr Sarah Baker says that “AI’s significant representation in pop culture presents a world changed by technology and a future/present that is potentially apocalyptic.” Fellow speaker Dr Merja Myllylahti notes that “news is rapidly disappearing from platform services and new AI technologies may make news even less visible, posing a real challenge for journalism and democracy.” But alongside challenges there are opportunities, and the Symposium gives cause for optimism as well as caution. Justin Matthews, a panellist in the Symposium’s ‘Where to Next?’ discussion, calls the event “a timely opportunity to both understand these transformative changes and ensure we’re collectively aware of its potential impacts.”
Click here to register for the AI + Communication Symposium. Registrations for all other Research Week events are available via LilRegie. You can find more information on the Research Week event page.
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