Australia's Chief Scientist

Speeches

SPEECH: The Human Factor

“Australians have learned to trust researchers. They see a sector that conducts itself as it does in this country: with integrity, with transparency, and most importantly, to brilliant effect.”

15 October 2018

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SPEECH: HIGHER FACULTIES

“Kissinger once said ‘University politics are vicious, precisely because the stakes are so small.’

With due respect to Kissinger, I disagree. University politics are complex, and occasionally vicious, because the stakes are so high.”…

5 October 2018

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SPEECH: PROGRESS IN VIEW

“Without microscopy there is no modern science. End of story.”…

10 September 2018

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SPEECH: THE AI WILL SEE YOU NOW

“Would you trust doctors using data from artificial intelligence to make life or death health decisions for your child?”…

17 August 2018

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SPEECH: THE NEXT GENERATION

“Technology is not a solution for ignorance. It makes the opportunities for the educated even greater.”…

15 August 2018

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SPEECH: The future of Australian mining

“It seems to me that if we can be the best in the world at integrating artificial intelligence into mining, then we ought to be the best at capitalising on human intelligence as well.”…

27 July 2018

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SPEECH: WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY DO WE WANT TO BE?

“Every time we come to a decision point about the technologies we allow into our lives we must ask ourselves: What kind of society do we want to be?”

24 July 2018

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SPEECH: Raising Twenty-First Century Citizens

“But we don’t awake spontaneously to a knowledge of our talents and passions. We develop them by mastering the foundations – and that means sticking with it. Your passion, as teachers, is the glue.”

Dr Finkel delivered a speech …

10 July 2018

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SPEECH: The future will find you

“Science and mathematics make new potential. I think of them as humanity’s superpowers. And they’re your superpowers.”…

18 June 2018

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SPEECH: Artificial Intelligence – a matter of trust

“What would it take for you to put the same level of trust in AI as you would extend to a human?”

Dr Finkel gave the keynote address at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event titled ‘Artificial Intelligence: …

18 May 2018

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