What will our lives be like when we coexist with digital humans?Our panel of experts and thought leaders will join a live interactive, photo-realistic...

Mummy, can I marry my Avatar? The ethical and societal implications of living with digital artificial humans


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

Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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What will our lives be like when we coexist with digital humans?

Our panel of experts and thought leaders will join a live interactive, photo-realistic computer-generated digital person on stage to look at the long-term ethical and social issues we will be facing with digital humans. Explore the dilemma of how far we let replicants in with renowned author and public speaker Rachel Botsman and leading experts and researchers from The University of Sydney Business School and Sydney Business Insights.

Much has been discussed in the press, and especially in dystopian science fiction, about the rise of the machines. In the shadow of a dramatic narrative of robots and cyborgs, a much more likely world is emerging where humans can rely on digital companions to support their everyday activities. While we are less likely to have a human-looking robot walking about our homes doing our daily chores, we are much closer to having virtual digital assistants on our mobiles and home devices that get to know us and start to anticipate our needs. Computer advances will soon make it possible for everyday devices to both acknowledge and respond to us emotionally. 

Because we are hard-wired to respond to faces in uniquely positive ways, artificial realistic faces hold great promise for advancing human interaction with machines. Will it be long before we have conversational agents, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, with new believable “human” faces and expressions?

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