Our Robot Future

Robots are already all around us, but what does our future look like together? Word from the recent Consumer Electronics Show is that 2017 is the year of the robots. With advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and social robots gaining steam, just how soon will robots become part of our daily lives?

Hear from our panel of thought leaders as they discuss and answer questions about the direction of robots as drivers of innovation within fields as diverse as architecture, medicine, social commentary, and protest. 

Peter Mahony. Education & Digital Learning Manager, Mueseum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Wade Marynowsky. Academic, Artist and Researcher, Macquarie University
William Judge. Head of Social Robotics, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Mark Pesce. Futurist and Inventor
Kate Dunn. Lecturer
Kate Mills. Founder, The Business Mills
Angie Abdilla. Founder & CEO, Old ways, New

The Sydney suburb of Rhodes opens its arms to residents and visitors with Rhodes: Creative. Discover a vibrant community bringing creativity and technology to the fore.  Join us at The Connection for a program of masterclasses, workshops, activities and talks that focus on 3D printing, robots and wearable art and tech. 

Brought to you by the City of Canada Bay Council. 


Vivid Sydney is big — it’s now the largest event of its kind in Australia and in 2017 it’s growing again with a world-class line-up of concert and music performances, public ideas programs, creative industry workshops and conferences. Find exciting new locations to explore this year as Vivid Sydney grows its footprint. See what else is happening in City and Surrounds.

Access and Inclusion

  • Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
The Event Space, The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes NSW 2138