Technology and the World Around Us

In  2021 CAIDE is hosting a seminar series 'Technology and the World  Around Us.' This series is aimed to discuss specific challenges of AI Ethics with case-studies from everyday life. Each seminar is co-hosted with our partner organisations across the University of Melbourne.

Technology Facilitated Abuse and the Need for Digital Ethics

with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Thursday 26 August, 5pm

Dr Dana McKay, Dr Renee Fiolet, Favour Borokini and Dr Yvette Maker

The rise of Technology Facilitated Abuse (TFA) is highly concerning, and cross-disciplinary researchers in Australia and across the globe have been looking at how technology is being used in harmful ways towards spouses, partners, family members and strangers online. This panel will explore the ways that TFA can be identified, minimised and prevented through legal, ethical, policy and regulatory responses. The panel includes research from computer science and information systems, law, social equity and nursing, with perspectives from Australia and Nigeria.

The Challenges of Automated Decision-Making in Healthcare

With The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health

Thursday 5 August, 10am.

What does the emergence of automated decision-making mean for medical practitioners and patients?

As technologies in the healthcare sector become more advanced, new questions have emerged around their development, deployment and use. These technologies have the potential to aid incredible leaps and bounds in healthcare, but who is making the decisions about treatment and medicine? And who is responsible for the decisions made by automated systems?

We must first understand how these technologies work before turning to challenges and questions of accountability. This expert panel comprising Professor Uwe Aickelin (Head of the School of Computing and Information Systems) and Professor Wendy Chapman and Dr Daniel Capurro (Centre for Digital Transformation of Health) will discuss new and emerging technology being deployed in healthcare and the challenges medical practitioners face in using them.

The panel will also consider questions such as: What are the benefits? What are the risks? And are these technologies mature enough to be used, and if not, when will they be?

Animals, Ethics and Technology: Towards Digital Rights for Animals

with the Animal Welfare Science Centre.

Friday 25 June, 1pm.

In a digital world, the design and deployment of technologies must be carefully considered. While many experts around the world work to ensure ethical human engagement, it is important to also think about the role technology plays with animals. Are we making technology that centres animal’s rights? Is the use of technology ethical in our homes, animal shelters, zoos and farms? Can this technology help to better the lives of animals or ensure sustainable environmental outcomes? Are these technologies being designed for the benefit of our pets or just for the benefit of us?

This panel is a discussion by experts in the field of animal-computer-interaction. Their work looks at technologies that are used on and made for animals, aiming to use improve outcomes for wildlife and habitats under threat. Our panel, Dr Mia Cobb, Animal Welfare Science Centre, Dr Simon Coghlan, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics and Dr Sarah Webber, Human-Computer Interaction Group, bring a cross-disciplinary perspective to the consideration of the ethics, rights, design and deployment of technology for animals.

Art, Literature and Technology: Understanding human experience, expression and emotion in the datafied age.

Event Reccording - Friday 14 May, 1pm.

In a recent article in The Atlantic titled ‘Artificial Intelligence is Misreading Human Emotion,’ the Australian composer and academic Kate Crawford contends: “There is no good evidence that facial expressions reveal a person’s feelings. But big tech companies want you to believe otherwise.” Crawford’s claim responds to a recent growth in the development of affect-recognition tools that can be found everywhere from national-security systems in airports through to recruitment software and tertiary classrooms. Yet the inference of emotions and facial expression via Artificial Intelligence technology is preceded by a much longer and complex history of affect, expression and emotion discourse in literature, art and the performing arts. This cross-disciplinary panel takes the current digital milieu of facial-recognition as its starting point and looks back (and forward) to other forms to consider how representations of the human face, expression and emotion have been conveyed, explained and contested over time.

Featuring Professor Stephanie Trigg, School of Culture and Communications, Dr Marc Cheong, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics and  Dr Vanessa Bartlett, Mckenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow, with Dr Tyne Sumner, CAIDE  Subject Development Coordinator.