Symposium: Automation, Ethics and Society

Tuesday 10 November 2020, 1pm–2.30pm AEST

(2–3.30pm AEDT, 12.30–2pm CST, 11am–12.30pm WST, 3–4.30am UTC)

Online via zoom  

Symposium Overview
AI, work-flow automation, digital decision-making, wearable self-tracking devices and the emergence of the platform economy offer flexibilities and freedoms. However, risks need to be managed, rewards shared and questions posed if we are to avoid increased inequality and a techno-dystopian future.
Themes of the panels and plenaries
• Platform work: opportunities and risks
• Trust, autonomy, human rights and privacy in the digital world.
• Rethinking education: a new purpose for schooling and universities.
• Ethics, autonomy and wellbeing in the new machine age.

Join thought leaders, educators, businesses and humanists to discuss and debate the issues and questions that will inform research and policy agendas for governments, universities, businesses and communities as we navigate a fair and ethical digital future.
This one-day symposium will include a keynote address, plenary presentations and panels. It will host human rights experts, humanists, journalists, businesses and legal experts.

Keynote lecture


Professor Guy Standing

Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London. An economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), and Council member of the Progressive Economy Forum.

Professor Standing will present the symposium's keynote address on the theme of work and technology and a fairer future.

Event contact

For more information about the Automation, Ethics and Society Symposium

Dr Peter Holtum, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

+61 7 336 52839