When you drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you trust the bridge isn't going to fall down. We are only just starting to see where artificial intelligence resides and whether or not we can trust it.
There are really important questions about how we embed ethics and our understanding of people’s psychology into the way we write code and I think that's going to be one of the most important and profound things humans do over the next five to 10 years.
Richard Yetsenga – Chief Economist, ANZ
It's not difficult to imagine artificial intelligence helping collect better data about humans and our movements - we're already using satellite imagery more effectively and lots of people wear fitness accessories which track their movements.
However I suspect technology is part of the problem but also part of the solution.
Everybody agrees we will see tremendous disruption in labor markets but there is still a debate about who will win. For knowledge workers, AI will take the 'robot out of the worker' in the sense it will help with tasks which have a repetitive element.
I hope it's the same for economists….
Greg Cross – Chief Business Officer & Co-Founder, Soul Machines
At Soul Machines, we’ve gone beyond what Hollywood is doing with the quality of the digital characters they are producing. What's really interesting is the way we bring them to life by taking away actors and cameras which have traditionally been used to bring computer generated characters to life.
We've automated these characters by giving them a brain and creating a system which enables them to respond, interact and engage with us in exactly the same way we engage with each other.
But at what point does this digital character become engaging to the humans that they're interacting with? At what point can we relate to them? At what point can we learn to trust them?
In very simple terms by putting a face on artificial intelligence we're trying to create a platform where people can develop trust in machines.
Building trust between humans and machines is going to be a really critical part of the way we use our systems in the next 10, 20 or 30 years.