In Conversation: Toby Walsh and David Henley

Venue: Stanton Library
Council Event
Cost: Free

Event Details

In his new book, 2062, Professor Toby Walsh, a world-leader in artificial intelligence (AI), considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, and human life.

Join science fiction author David Henley in conversation with Professor Toby Walsh.

2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what the majority of leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts now predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has effectively been successful, how will life on this planet unfold?

In 2062, Professor Toby Walsh, one of 100 ‘rock stars’ of Australia’s digital revolution, considers the everyday impacts of AI.

Will automation take away jobs? Will robots become conscious and actually take over? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud? How will political institutions adjust to the post-truth, post-privacy digitised world? What lies in store for homo digitalis – the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living with fully functioning artificial intelligence?

Based on a deep understanding of technology and its implications, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright. 


Professor Toby Walsh is Professor of AI at the School of CSE in UNSW.Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the 2016 NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. He is the author of It's Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots published in 2017

David Henley  is a author of science fiction and illustrator and runs seizure His books include the breakout trilogy, The Hunt for Pierre Jnr, as well as numerous illustrated books. Henley’s books explore themes of technological evolution, species diversification and takes the ‘all-powerful creepy child’ theme to a scary new level. Daivid loves science, science fiction and the future. His books are inspired by authors such as Philip K Dick, Peter F Hamilton, Robert Heinlein and Matsumune Shirow.


There will be an opportunity to purchase Toby Walsh's book after the talk.


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234 Miller Street
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


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