A universe of knowledge.
From quantum computing to colliding galaxies, scientists know more than ever about our universe. When ideologues reject rationalism, and technocrats protect bottom lines, how can the citizenry engage with the latest science and technology?

    New technology, new visions

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Fiona Kerr, Assoc Prof Karl Sammut, Daniel Squire

    New technology can be disruptive, enabling or, more likely, both. Here, leading technological innovators discuss the use of drones for research and exploration.


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    New lives for older people

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Victoria Cornell, Dr David Panter, Prof Karen Reynolds

    With people living longer than ever before, what are the opportunities and challenges as we age in the 21st century?

    Presented by: UNITCARE

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    The future is workless

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Tim Dunlop

    A world without work as we know it could be a good thing. The landscape of work is changing, from the new share economy to automated vehicles, 3D printing and advanced AI. What will we do when robots take our jobs? The era of full-time work is ending and we have to stop holding out the false promise that jobs will reappear. So what does our future in the brave new world of non-work look like?

    This session was originally scheduled in the program for 5.15pm on Saturday 22 October in the Heizel Room; rescheduled during the Festival.

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    Communications collections and cultures

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis

    Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?

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    Links in the blockchain

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Mark Pesce, Michel Bauwens, Assoc Prof Ellie Rennie

    Blockchain technology is a whole new way of transacting the transfer of information. What will be the specific impacts of blockchain technologies on different fields such as education, health care, government and the commercial world?

    Presented by: Green Industries SA

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    Ageing well

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Dr Victoria Cornell, Gabrielle Kelly

    What do we really want?
    Most of us will get old; we may well become frail and socially isolated. But many will live long productive lives. So what do we want as we age? Lifestyle? Health? Community? Income? Who decides? Who should decide?

    Presented by: STATEWIDE SUPER

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