2018 Advance Born Global Salon: Canberra
On a chilly winter evening in Canberra, the Advance community came together in the iconic National Portrait Gallery for the sixth Born Global Salon. As noted by our Chair, Yasmin Allen, in her speech, it was a fitting venue for Advance to host a function as it 'represents, in portraiture, the achievements of many wonderful Australians.’
The evening, held in partnership with the ASX, featured an in conversation with Advance 2016 Overall and Tech Innovation Award winner Professor Genevieve Bell and Jenny Brockie (Presenter SBS Insight).
The Q&A discussion focused on Artificial Intelligence and the impact of technology on the future. The conversation touched on the continued need to focus on people as much as what’s technically possible; that algorithms are built on existing data - they tell you what has been and don’t necessarily tell you what could be; and how implicit assumptions and biases that read into data systems can influence outcomes.
Guests included political and business leaders, policy makers, globally oriented innovators, and next generation influencers. Amongst them was the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull; the ASX board and CEO, Wayne Swan; Helen Nugent AO; entrepreneur Marita Cheng and Professor Bell’s wonderful mother, amongst others. The Prime Minister introduced the conversation and Professor Bell after the NPG Director, Angus Trumble opened the night with a brief history of the venue. As a nice touch, Angus arranged for portraits of various past ASX CEOs and board members, which are part of the NPGs private collection, to be displayed on the night and gave details on their heritage in his welcoming notes.
Surrounded by portraits of many wonderful Australians, past and present and engaging conversation, it was all-in-all a thought-provoking and indeed inspiring evening, as summed up by Rick Holiiday Smth, Chair ASX, in his closing remarks.
A big thank you to our partner ASX and the National Portrait Gallery for hosting us in their wonderful space.