Machine learning is already a part of our everyday – from spam filters to Siri – and Artificial Intelligence is talked about as the next great leap in the future of human endeavour. But humans are the ones teaching the machines how to think, and humans have a whole heap of baggage.

Why are so many virtual assistants female? Why do AI movies almost always have a female sex robot? Can Silicon Valley avoid ‘brogrammer’ culture creeping into code? We see our future of intelligent machines through the lens of art and popular culture. How can art and creative culture help form the reality we want?

Hosted by Astrid Scott, ABC Research and Development, with artist DrPetra Gemeinboeck, artificial intelligence expert Professor Ann Nicholson and journalist and cultural critic Mel Campbell.

Part of Future Melbourne 2026: Your chance to make sure the arts and creativity is featured in the City of Melbourne’s plan for the next ten years.


  • Bookings required
  • Time: Tuesday 15 March 18:30 - 20:00
  • Location: Carlton Connect - 700 Swanston Street, Carlton