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A.I. Will Create More Jobs Than Destroy Them – Debate


Mon 15 Oct 2018, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $29.99
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The relationship between technology and jobs has been controversial at best. Each new technological revolution has come with short-term pain. With the motor car, it was blacksmiths and saddle makers. The internet has seen jobs decline in everything from tourism to journalism.

However we have rallied—new industries have been born and new jobs created. Jobs that didn't exist even a few years ago such as data scientist, UX designer and youtube content creator are in high demand.

The exponential progress of AI and machine learning is unprecedented. Machines and AI will be able to do more tasks done by humans and not just in the realms of codified/algorithmic work. Is our concern over AI justified...or is it simply that we can't imagine industries that are on the horizon.

This sounds like the makings of a debate.

Yes or no to this statement: A.I. will create more jobs than destroy them.

The Process Defined:

The audience (that's you) votes whether they agree or disagree with the motion.
Round 1: Each debater opens with a 7-minute argument.
Round 2: Debaters field questions from the moderator and the audience.
Round 3: Each debater closes with a 2-minute argument.
The Audience votes again.
Whichever team moves the most votes in percentage points is declared the winner.

Our Debaters Arguing For the Motion:
Katherine Bailey - Artificial Intelligence Senior Principal at Accenture
Agustin Chevez - Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne’s
University of Technology’s Centre for Design Innovation

Our Debaters Arguing Against the Motion:
Gordon Young - Principal of Ethilogical Consulting
Sean Young - Customer Innovation and Acceleration lead at Origin Energy

Your Moderator - Rahul Soans
Rahul is the founder of the Disruptive Business Network - an event series and consulting service that looks at how new ideas and technology are changing business. He is also the co-founder of BalancingAct3, a consultancy that equips purpose-driven businesses and organisations from the human rights and human services sectors with the tools and knowledge to transform, innovate and create services that advance human rights.