In our love for machines, we build machines in our image, now they are building images of us.  Today, in labs around the world, Artificial Intelligence...

Love/Machine: AI Is Creating Digital People, Will They Be Like Us?

Location:

Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)
2000 NSW
Australia

Love/ Machine
LOVE/MACHINE

Speakers

Sandra Peter

Dr. Sandra Peter

Sydney Business Insights

Dr Sandra Peter is a thinker, researcher and educator. She leads the Sydney Business Insights strategic initiative to deliver on the University of Sydney Business School’s commitment to be an engaged, relevant and influential voice on major issues and trends. She contributes to public conversations, research and critical thinking by working with leading thinkers in industry, government and community.
Sandra hosts the Sydney Business Insights podcast and The Future, This Week. She has degrees in Business and Education and has contributed thought pieces, op eds, interviews and research in the AFR, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and the ABC.

Kai Riemer

Prof Kai Riemer

Professor of Information Technology and Organisation, University of Sydney

Kai is Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the University of Sydney Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Münster University, Germany. His research interest is in Disruptive Technologies, Enterprise Social Media, Virtual Work, Collaborative Technologies and the Philosophy of Technology.
Kai has been involved in a number of research projects funded by the European Commission, as well as for industry collaboration projects such as with Deutsche Bahn or Daimler AG.
Kai's is widely published and respected for his work in both the academic community and through long term collaborations and consultations with Industry such as the Digital Disruption Research Group and the Motus Lab.

Mike Seymour

Mike Seymour

Researcher on real-time photoreal faces

Mike is a veteran of the entertainment industry where he specialized in visual effects. Mike has a B Sc. and Masters from Sydney University, where he currently has a PhD Fellowship. His research is into interactive real-time photoreal faces as a new form of Human-Computer interface.
Mike has worked in R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various productions and TV shows. He is well known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites such as fxguide.com which provides an important link between the film community and the researchers who constantly push the limits of technology.

Hao Li

Hao Li

CEO, Pinscreen

Hao Li is CEO of Pinscreen, assistant professor of Computer Science and Viterbi Early Career Chair, as well as the Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California. He was a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm, where he developed the next generation real-time performance capture technologies for virtual production and visual effects. Prior to joining the force, Hao was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia and Princeton Universities.
He is ranked #1 in 2016, on the Top 10 Leaderboard of Computer Graphics research for the past five years by Microsoft Academic and was named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review and was awarded the Google Faculty Award.

Michela Ledwidge

Michela Ledwidge

VR Director

Michela Ledwidge is a director who specialises in virtual production. Recently that has included augmented and virtual reality, games and using these technologies behind the scenes for film & TV. She is co-founder of Sydney studio Mod and has been both creative and technical lead on numerous productions. Michela has been an Internet pioneer since the early 1990s, creating the first website in NSW. She is currently working on the investigative documentary experience A Clever Label.

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Event Details

In our love for machines, we build machines in our image, now they are building images of us. 

Today, in labs around the world, Artificial Intelligence is creating ‘picture perfect’ digital humans, visually indistinguishable from real people. These digital humans look like us, talk like us and, increasingly, interact with us. But will they like us?

Deep Fakes, GANs, Deep Learning,..soon all of us will have enough computing power to create digital people in the palm of our hand. They will be on our phones, our screens and living inside our computers.

When put on our smartphones these digital humans become life-like presences in our daily lives. How will we treat them? How will it change our interactions and relationships with each other when we can give ourselves any image we desire?

In an Australian first, Hao Li (Pinscreen and the University of Southern California) and Mike Seymour (Motus Lab) will demonstrate state-of-the-art in next generation of digital humans. Michela Ledwidge (Mod) will explore real-world applications. 

Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (The University of Sydney) will lead a conversation on the threats and opportunities of this technological breakthrough. What sort of life will AI humans have – and how will living everyday with AI humans change us?

Digital people are escaping the lab – let’s hope they like us when they arrive.

Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.