Past lectures

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2021 series

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Dissolving the interface between humans and computers

For many people, it’s become impossible to imagine life without a smartphone. We’re so
used to keeping them close and checking them constantly without thinking. They could
be seen as permanent attachments to our bodies, or permanently attached burdens.

Technologies beyond the smartphone that blur the boundaries between the human body and computers are becoming more commonplace, and are merging our work, social, personal and cultural identities. Immersive virtual reality is widespread, and seamless augmented reality seems imminent. There are also signs that full brain-computer interfaces are making their way from science fiction into reality.

Have we reached the pinnacle of these human-computer technologies? Is there more functionality or benefit we can gain? And how will they impact our wellbeing and community cohesion?

Our 2021 Gibbons Lecture Series examined the latest technologies connecting humansand computers; the ways they are developed, the new innovations on the horizon, and how they could be used to connect ourselves to wellbeing, diversity and culture.

Augmenting Reality: From Augmented Paintings to Augmented Perceptions

Associate Professor Tobias Langlotz (University of Otago)

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Tikanga AI: Enabling mātauranga Māori in the future of AI development within Aotearoa - New Zealand

Professor Tim Dare, University of Auckland

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Digital Well-being: From Human Factors to Mixed Reality Rehab

Dr Danielle Lottridge, School of Computer Science, University of Auckland

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Assistive Augmentations: Creating new Human Computer Interfaces that Seamlessly Integrate with our Body, Mind and Behaviour

Associate Professor Suranga Nanayakkara, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland

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2020 series

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AI and Society

Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to make improvements to our lives in so many ways, including enhancing efficiencies in the workplace, generating productivity gains and having a positive impact on our wellbeing. It also promises to help with even bigger issues like uncovering criminal activity and solving crimes, dramatically influencing healthcare, addressing global challenges, and reducing global inequities and extreme poverty. AI promises to have a far-reaching beneficial impact in our society. This evokes not only excitement but also fear. There are fears around privacy, trust, freedom of speech and the usage of AI and its regulation.

The 2020 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series discussed the fears and excitement of AI today and in the future, and the impacts it could have both on and in our society.

Our future with AI

Professor Michael Witbrock (University of Auckland)

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Big data: Transparency and reliability

Professor Tim Dare (University of Auckland)

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Learning to adapt to changes in this dynamic world 

Dr Yun Sing Koh (University of Auckland)

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Social media, AI, and society: Some psychological insights

Associate Professor Kumar Yogeeswaran (University of Canterbury)

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2019 series

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Quantum computing

Quantum computers are remarkably complex machines that challenge almost everything we know about computing. Given their complexity, it difficult for us to understand their limits. Experts believe quantum computers can crack all modern security algorithms and do immediate pattern recognition. If this is the case, what are the implications for not only computing but also wider society? The 2019 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series delved into this fascinating topic.

Our thanks to IT Professionals New Zealand, Auckland ICT Graduate School, and our generous donors for supporting the 2019 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series.

Quantum computing: What it is, and how we do it?

Dr Michael Dinneen (University of Auckland)

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Cryptography after quantum computers

Professor Steven Galbraith (University of Auckland)

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Searching for the quantum frontier

Professor Michael Bremner (University of Technology Sydney) 

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Panel discussion: The future of quantum computing

With Professor Howard Carmichael, Professor Cristian Calude and Professor Gill Dobbie (University of Auckland)

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2018 series

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Robots everywhere - Robotics in industry and at home

Experts tell us that robotic technology will soon dramatically change our lives. It is true that, in recent years robots, machine learning and automation has become more cost-effective and reliable.

The 2018 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series discussed the present and future of robotic technology.

Robotics research in New Zealand

Professor Bruce MacDonald (University of Canterbury) 

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Robotics in industry

Mike Shatford (Managing Director of Design Energy Limited)

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Will robotic vision ever fully replace human vision?

Associate Professor Patrice Delmas (University of Auckland)

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Can we be friends with robots?

Associate Professor Elizabeth Broadbent (University of Auckland)

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2017 series

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Steps towards the singularity - Artificial intelligence and its impact

Machines that mimic human cognitive functions, such as learning and problem solving, are said to exhibit artificial intelligence or AI. As the use of such smart technology grows, some believe that we are rapidly approaching The Singularity - the hypothesis that artificial super-intelligence will trigger runaway technological growth and result in unfathomable changes to human civilisation.

The 2017 Gibbons Memorial lectures series aimed to highlight the important role that artificial intelligence plays in our lives.

AI: from Aristotle to deep learning machines

Professor Nikola Kasabov (Director of the KEDRI Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology)

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Home smart home

Professor Hans Guesgen (Massey University)

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Deep learning - what's missing?

Associate Professor Marcus Frean (Massey University)

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The ethics of AI

Associate Professor Ian Watson (University of Auckland)

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