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A Neuroscientist, AI Researcher and Former UN Executive Secretary Walk Into HOTA... 1
Official Artwork for HOTA: Home of the Arts’ Out Loud Festival

Performing Arts venues are destinations where communities can come together not just to enjoy the high-quality artistic talent, but also enrich their lives and expand their knowledge through lectures and conversations with those found both on and off the stage. Next month, HOTA: Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast will be host to three special guests as part of their In Conversation series. Over three days, a Neuroscientist, an Artificial Intelligence Researcher and a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations will hold paid conversations around subjects relevant to their careers.

To be hosted by Paul Barclay and Sarah Kanowski of ABC Radio, the first conversation will take place with Dr Hannah Critchlow on Monday 9 March 2020 at 7.00 pm. It is titled “The Science of Fate”, focusing on her area of expertise: neuroscience.

How predictable is your future? Join neuroscientist and author Hannah Critchlow to delve into research revealing the extent to which the course of our life is hardwired into our brains, from what we choose to eat and the anxieties and phobias we carry and who we fall in love with.

This intimate knowledge of our brain and behaviour can be used to empower us to shape better futures for ourselves.

Taking place the day after on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 7.00 pm, the second of these conversations will take place with AI Researcher Dr Robert Elliott Smith. The subject of his discussion is “Rage Inside the Machine”.

In this fascinating discussion, Dr Robert Elliott Smith looks at the artificial intelligence and “morals” behind the technology that increasingly rules our lives.

Dr Robert Elliott Smith PhD FRSA is the author of Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All. He has worked in artificial intelligence for 30 years, helping create software systems that learn fighter jet manoeuvres, describe immune systems, reveal emotion in financial markets, and suggest how social networks propagate political polarisation.

The final presentation on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 7.00pm will be titled “The Future We Choose”, presented by former UN Secretary Christiana Figueres and centred around the ongoing issue of climate change.

Join former U.N. Secretary Christiana Figueres for a bold conversation on climate change, as informed by her series of interviews with climate leaders.

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016.

During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy, for which she has received multiple awards.

HOTA is presenting all three conversations in association with Griffith University as part of the wider OUT LOUD Festival. The festival sets out to be a festival of big ideas and fun. Each conversation is a paid event, with access to one setting you back $30, two setting you back $50 or all three costing $70.

If more academic-oriented discussions are not of interest to you, there are other events available to attend. Some of these include an ASMR Workshop, sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman and (for those looking for something to do on the Sunday that Supanova: Pop Culture Expo is not being held nearby at the Gold Coast Convention Centre) the eSports / Asian Pop Culture festival Pop & Play.

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