ARTICLE: The Conversation – Can a robot replace the Chief Scientist?

“By now, you’ve probably been warned that a robot is coming for your job. But rather than repeat the warning, I’ve decided to throw down a challenge: man against machine.”

“First, I’ll imagine the best possible robot version of an Australian Chief Scientist that technologists could build, based on the technologies available today or in the foreseeable future. Call it “ChiefBot”.

“Then I’ll try to persuade you that humanity still has the competitive edge.”

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, gave a case for employing a human Chief Scientist over an AI ChiefBot to the IEEE Sections Congress in Sydney. The speech has been turned into an article, now available on The Conversation.