Politics in the Pub: AI Unveiled

  • November 9, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Turbine Platform - Brisbane Powerhouse

    Brisbane Powerhouse
    New Farm, Queensland 4005
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Join our panel of leading experts and take a deep dive into the world of AI.  


Is the biggest disrupter to the way we live and work going to transform our world for the better or should we be deeply concerned?  This candid conversation will provide valuable insights into the ethics of using AI, the urgent need for policy and society’s challenge of imagining a future that is already here.


Host - Shannon Breen

Shannon is a former ABC broadcaster and has spent the last 20 years completing university degrees and wondering what she’ll be when she grows up. She’s a volunteer member of the Politics in the Pub committee.


Panelist — Toni Peggrem
Toni is the CEO of the Queensland AI Hub. Toni has been supporting the growth of the Queensland AI Hub and the AI community for the past year and has over 30 years’ experience in strategic planning and successfully leading organisational reform programs that have enabled services to navigate complex operating environments and realise improved performance outcomes.


Panelist — James Gauci
James is Managing Director of Cadent, an ethical technology studio and social enterprise. He founded Cadent in large part to contribute to addressing the societal risks of AI and make progress on the AI alignment problem. Cadent does this by donating to AI research, standards, and policy development. James has over a decade of experience in digital and technology leadership roles working with government programs, not for profits, tech companies and Fortune 100s.


Panelist — Janet Wiles
Janet Wiles is a Professor in Human Centred Computing at the University of Queensland and leads the Future Technologies Thread of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). Her multidisciplinary team co-designs language technologies to support people living with dementia and their carers; new tools to enable Indigenous communities to develop their own speech recognition systems; and social robots for applications in health, education, and neuroscience.


Panelist — Erica Mealy

Identifying as a “technology Evangelist”, Dr Erica Mealy is driven to realise tangible community benefit through her passion for effective and affective technology design and development. Dr Mealy’s research interests include user-centered design, automation, artificial intelligence and most recently cyber security and data privacy. Erica is an experienced technology project manager, software developer and technology communicator.


This is a “Pay What You Wish” performance. Feel free to contribute or come along for free! All proceeds (minus booking fees) go to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.


The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook, which you can access here. 


Politics in the Pub is presented by a team of New Farm Neighbourhood Centre volunteers, committed to continuing these important community conversations. New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is the local hub for community activities and the place to go for a friendly welcome or practical support for those community members who are most vulnerable.


The event is made possible through the generous support of the patrons of New Farm and Brisbane Powerhouse.


Find out more here.

Date & Time

Thu, Nov 9, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue Details

Turbine Platform - Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Turbine Platform  - Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River.


As Brisbane City Council’s premier arts venue, the much-loved building stages more than 1250 performances a year including a program of festivals, as well as hundreds of events and functions from weddings to conferences, all the while housing heritage-listed graffiti, riverside bars and restaurants, visual arts exhibitions and of course the stories of all who have ventured, laughed and shared memories within its living walls.