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Society 4.0 Forum: Shaping the Digital Economy for Good - Video Transcript

BRONWYN FOX: "You can digitally control all of the design of the part up front."
JANE FARMER: Bronwyn Fox has given us a vision of the future, it is digital and it is automated. Krysia, I wondered where the humans are?
KRYSIA KOSTRZ: I did too! I wondered how future technologies will work without human connection. The idea of our first Society 4.0 Event in 2018 was to ask: what is the digital future really going to look like, and how do we as citizens, community organisations, governments and corporates prepare for it?
JANE FARMER: It had 2 themes. The morning was about the increase of data, data analytics, risk and using data for good. The afternoon was the future of work. We had brilliant speakers and workshops.
ED SANTOW: "More people are likely to trust AI to open a parachute then to set you up on a date".
KRYSIA KOSTRZ: Ed Santow, Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, started the day. He cautioned the risks of using AI, current public naivety around data, and the need for ethical consideration.
NICK DAVIS: "But right now is the time to bring social science research, reflective practice, community expectations and very public discourse into the space and really challenge what we've taken for granted. But also, closing the gap between this guy and the guy that he was talking to."
KRYSIA KOSTRZ: Nick Davis of the World Economic Forum seized on how to fix this by partnering researchers with community.
JANE FARMER: Although frankly the data society was still looking scary until Vyii Englert from LA-based BrightHive and Tris Lumley from NPC UK showed us how they already do this. They use data for good. We need to listen, be brave, try, work for equity, pay it forward, and involve the community.
TRIS LUMLEY: "You can't miss the humans in that picture, right? I think that's the thing that is a joy about the non-profit sector, that it's built on relationships".
KRYSIA KOSTRZ: After lunch, Beth Webster said industrial change isn't new. It will affect the type of work, nature of jobs, and skills. One thing's for sure, the poor and vulnerable always lose out. Andrew Dettmer talked about the decline of Australia's Union membership when work is automating. He had a solution though - in Society 4.0 we must work together and ...
ANDREW DETTMER: "Change the rules".
JANE FARMER: We are already planning the next Society 4.0 event. You should be there.

Smart Storytelling Day - Video Transcript


MAX SCHLESER: The Smart Storytelling day was a really great event that brought together practitioners filmmakers designers artists as well as academics and scholars that work with practice led research, talking about the creative potential possibilities of AR augmented reality, VR virtual reality, but very much with a focus on the things that you can do with smartphones and I think the key scene was really to engage communities. So whether these are indigenous communities, queer communities, around marginalized groups in rural areas, it's about showcasing how storytelling can make a difference to people and also for the industry showing how we now finally get to recognize this big space of micro stories and the world of social media the world that it lives on YouTube. These smartphone films that we will see at the MINA screening as well.


Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute Launch - Video Transcript


ALEKSANDAR SUBIC: The launch of the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute is an exciting event, not only because it's one of our five key institutes, but it is the institute that actually aims to dissolve the boundaries between all other institutes and the disciplines that contribute.

JANE FARMER: The Social Innovation Institute is interested in doing research around empowering people to participate in our society. And it's also really interested in research around enabling people to cope with disruptions in society. Our initial programs are around wellbeing, social value, justice and public safety, and participation and inclusion.

YVONNE STRACHAN: Social innovation is a really important facet of what's is going on globally, to take on board the challenges that currently exist for society, from major ones such as globalization, the fast pace of technology, the disruptions that are caused by poverty and inequality, and climate change, of course. But also, they're about the tools that are available for communities and individuals to be able to deal with the immediate problems that confront them in their own lives and their own society.

LINDA KRISTJANSON: The institute will engage with industry, services, and government to generate new ways of tackling the challenges of inclusion, participation, wellbeing, justice, and security.

JANE FARMER: The idea of the institute is to bring together all of the excellent research across Swinburne in different parts of the university to apply it to social problems. So we can bring together researchers in IT, in engineering, in chemistry and microbiology and apply this expertise to looking at social problems together with the social science research. So its really a unique kind of perspective.

ALEKSANDAR SUBIC: This type of holistic inclusive, human-centred approach to science, technology, and innovation is quite unique and differentiates Swinburne University of Technology from other universities of technology, whether in Australia or internationally.

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