The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent expert reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation, arising from the introduction and adoption of new and advanced technologies into our society.
2019 Pearcey Oration
In 2019, the Pearcey Oration will be given by the Roger Taylor. It will be presented in conjunction with the Victorian State Entrepreneur Award at a sit-down dinner on the evening of Tuesday 27th August, 2019 at the Woodward Centre, Melbourne Law School.
The 2019 Pearcey Oration will explore the key challenges Australia faces as we become increasingly reliant upon artificial intelligence. While AI has been prevalent in the software industry for many years, it is now being recognised as a pervasive force impacting our daily lives - professional, business and personal. As Roger Taylor will argue, the ethics surrounding the application of AI in our society is challenging as machines make more and more decisions without the context of human considerations.
Roger Taylor is chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. He has argued for a rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society. He is chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation. His has written two books: God Bless the NHS (Faber & Faber (2014) and Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press 2016). He co-founded Dr Foster which pioneered the use of public data to provide independent ratings of healthcare. He worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers' Association.
Dr Greg Adamson
The Oration will include a "fireside" chat with Dr Greg Adamson. Greg is an internationally recognised leader in the area of ethics in technology and has particular interest in AI, cryptocurrency/blockchain, and cybersecurity, an area in which he led strategy and practice for wholesale banking at ANZ Bank for nearly a decade. Today Greg is the Enterprise Fellow in Cybersecurity for the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and continues his long-standing global leadership roles in ethics, digital inclusion and the social implications of technology with the IEEE, the largest professional association in the world.
All are welcome to the Pearcey Oration, which is one of the key events in the Digital Innovation Festival. The Oration dinner is generously supported by the Victorian Government. This is the 11th year for the Pearcey Oration and the 20th year for the Pearcey Victorian Entrepreneur Award.
Pearcey Oration details:
- Date: Tuesday 27th August, 2019
- Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
- Venue: Woodward Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law School (Building 106), University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham St, Carlton
- Price: $250/ $150 (public funded R&D organisations and friends of Pearcey)
- Special rates for tables
To register, please go to: Pearcey Oration 2019 or call Slatterys on 03 9663 3093.
Past Orations have been given by the ABC's Science Show host Robyn Williams, Victoria's Lead Scientist Amanda Caples and Paul Shetler's 2018 provocative Oration entitled "Be Bold Australia".
Some of our past Pearcey Orations have have been recorded as podcasts :