Program

Solo events

Solo event,

The choice with voice…

1pm - 1.50pm | Sunday 15 July

One in five Google searches is now done via voice. But what do we humans get back from the machine? If you type, you receive pages; if you speak, you get, er, singularity. What does this mean for journalism, for media plurality, diversity and, ultimately, for democracy? Let’s talk.

Solo event,

Understanding the impact of traumatic stress in modern society

2pm - 2.50pm | Sunday 15 July

There has been extraordinary progression since the 1970s towards recognising the effects of trauma. We now live in a world of identity politics in which the need for traumatised minorities to have a voice is accepted. Our challenge is to ensure that resilience is valued, while not devaluing victims.

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A 101 on Safe Schools

2pm - 2.50pm | Sunday 15 July

What is Safe Schools, exactly? How does it work? And should parents be concerned? In the quarterly essay Moral panic 101, Benjamin Law explores how and why concerns have arisen. He discusses why parents should be furious about Safe Schools – but not for the reasons they’ve been given.

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Australia’s suburban dream. Is it game over?

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

In 1963, Donald Horne dubbed Australia ‘the first suburban nation’. Now, demographic change, suburban sprawl, soaring house prices and the tyranny of the long commute have taken some of the gloss off that ideal. How did we get to this point? And what is the future of the suburban dream?

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Social dynamics of second-wave automation

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

The convergence of the computational technologies of autonomy (AI, blockchain, 5G, VR, IoT, etc) will reshape not only economies but also societies. Jason considers how this might unfold through new protocols that use economic incentives for social governance, and explores the enormous opportunities and risks involved.

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The abandoned solar system

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

On Earth, archaeologists study long-vanished cultures through the rubbish they leave behind. In this talk, we take the perspective of a future archaeologist surveying the solar system, and investigate what they might learn about human culture from the junk we’ve abandoned in space.

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Why is it so hard for Australians to memorialise the frontier wars?

Session cancelled

4pm - 4.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Lyndall’s research and mapping of massacre sites attracted widespread media attention. She discovered that regional Australians know a great deal about frontier massacres and how they shaped modern Australia. If this is the case, how is it that there is still no national memorial to the frontier wars?

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