A champion of stories for the development of young people, the 2018 Australian Children’s Laureate explores the importance of reading to and with young people and how this timeless and simple human gift might just might save our species.
Best known for her 18 years in Silicon Valley, Professor Genevieve Bell has now returned to Australia to head the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute at the Australian National University (ANU). Following her delivery of the 2017 Boyer Lectures, Genevieve will explore how we, as humans, can survive and thrive in this high-tech world with ethics intact.
Leading orthopaedic surgeon Dr Munjed al Muderis has led ground-breaking advances in robotic and prosthetic limbs. He joins Disrupted to share his work and to discuss how this pioneering technology has given wounded Australian, British and Iraqui soldiers the ability to walk again.
New facial recognition and geo-location technologies are designed to make our lives easier and more secure. But when those who create new technology and artificial intelligence (AI) lose sight of the human users, issues of bias can surface. Join a panel of experts working in the field of data and analysis as they unpack the complexities and sensitivities of diversity and bias in technology.
These days, artists need to avoid complacency when finding audiences for new work. The traditional art space cries out for disruption and new ways to engage diverse audiences. Artists discuss how new technology allows them to step out of the norm and create daring and captivating work.
We live in an age where the terms ‘fake news’, ‘post truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ are accepted vernacular. Are we destined for a world of flat-earthers and anti-vaxxers dominating our national news channels?
A panel of journalists discuss whether this is the end of critical thinking or if we can claw our way back.
Scientists and technologists routinely achieve amazing things that improve the quality and length of life for people all over the world with the presence of bionic limbs, touch screens and mental health apps.
Join a panel who understand the significant impact this kind of technology can have on those in need.
Stories remain fundamental to how we develop as a society. Stories shape how we learn, how we educate and connect with others. This panel considers how storytelling has evolved over the centuries, along with new ways to connect with people.
Join two Western Australian experts who use data in very different ways – from understanding the far reaches of the solar system to making your life more sustainable – all for the betterment of humanity.
It’s a hypothetical courtroom where technology is put on trial and the audience is the jury. A panel of WA’s lawyers debate two cases nominated by the public, selected from the current media. Using an interactive tool, the audience will decide whether data breaches can actually benefit our society.
Young Western Australian data researcher, Ellen Broad, returns home for the early release of her book, Made by Humans: The AI Condition. Roaming from Australia to the UK and the US, Ellen talks to world-leading experts in AI and history about what we need to do next.
Put your gaming experience and creative imagination into action to develop an original creation that you can take home, play and show to family and friends. This is a class for all abilities and ages – boys and girls alike!
Have a burning question? Now is your chance to sit down with a speaker from the program for a four-minute speed date. Each interview will be recorded and collected as part of the Disrupted Festival content archive.
The Historical Panoramas Project allows visitors to take a trip back in time to see how Perth and Fremantle have developed via a series of wide-angle panoramic views from the photographic collection of the State Library of WA.
Join DADAA for a 20 minute tour of the sculptures scattered around the State Library of WA and the Perth Cultural Centre. Using the personal headset provided, your Tactile Tour Guide will deliver a verbal description of its visual elements.
Experience what it's like to view a sculpture from the perspective of someone who is blind or vision impaired using Audio Description technology.
Learn how a robot thinks and interacts with its surroundings with designer and animatronic wiz, Steve Berrick. Flex your engineering skills by building a Lego battle suit for a sumo wrestling robot. Following the workshops, the sumo warriors compete for the Ultimate Disrupted Warrior title!
Following the youth battle, everyone is invited to build and battle their own Sumo Robot Champion.
All it takes is a few minutes to centre and focus yourself and become more mindful. Learn to filter and clarify the information of the day with a 30 minute mindfulness meditation led by Caitlin Farren of Mindfulness Meditation Hub.