Panel Discussion: Design ethics and the age of conversational systems

Friday 9 November 2018 3:30-5.00pm
Social Sciences Building – Lecture Theatre 200
As AI disrupts more human activities, practitioners, academics and the public are increasingly asking about the impact it will have on society. Without doubt an area of great impact is human communication. In this panel we will discuss advances in computer based conversational systems: avatars and chatbots, and how they may change the way we communicate. The panel members are world leaders on digital rights, conversational systems, avatars, human communication and AI ethics.


Rafael A. Calvo is Professor at the University of Sydney, ARC Future Fellow and Director of the Software Engineering Group that focuses on the design of systems that support wellbeing in areas of mental health, medicine and education.

Jean-Claude Martin is Professor of Computer Science at Université Paris Sud, France whose research whose research is focused upon virtual coaches, personality and emotions.

Nick Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) interested in human to human communication and the possible impact of conversational agents.

Virginia Dignum is Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Umeå University, Sweden. She is director of the Center for Responsible AI, a research institute dedicated to the study and development of AI systems that meet their social responsibility.


Gerard Goggin is the inaugural Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney interested in the social, cultural, and political aspects of digital technologies, especially the Internet and mobile media and communication, and disability and accessibility. He co-leads the Our Machines, Our Selves Dean’s Initiative with Professor Heather Horst.