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How will Artificial Intelligence change our society ?

when : 25/01/2018 - 18h00

location: ASIA SOCIETY, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty , Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong , Hong Kong

country: Chine


Statistics have shown that investments and funds dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) start-up companies have been on the rise (from 415 million dollars in 2012 to 5 billion dollars in 2017). With AI technologies being the next frontier for innovation, A.I. will have huge impacts in various aspects such as economics, marketing and finance, education and social implications, and will transform our world significantly.

As Hong Kong authorities look to boost innovation and technology in the city, researchers, practitioners, observers of society, artists and actors of the cultural world around the territory are invited to share their ideas and insights on A.I., as well as its stakes and its implications in education and artistic creations.

The Hong Kong edition of this event will be launched officially by the Consulate General of France on January 25 at 6pm. It will be composed of two roundtable discussions on the theme of A.I. and artistic installations such as interactive digital choreographic performance and immersive virtual reality installations. The objective is to inquire into the connection between technology and artistic creation. This event will be organised in collaboration with Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. Both coverage and broadcasting in Paris will be provided by our film partner Mar Vivo Films.

x The 1st roundtable discussion will focus on changes in education systems in response to recent technological developments, and how society will be shaped under these changes. Its social implications and challenges ahead will also be discussed.

As there are concerns regarding possible impacts brought about by A.I., experts have been calling attention to A.I. trainings. Looking into futurology, research and innovation and the start-up world, this roundtable discussion will ponder on the following questions: Should we learn A.I. in order to prepare ourselves for tomorrow? How can the Big Data help us in this regard? How can the digital competence equip us for the future?

x The 2nd roundtable discussion will look at the impacts and implications of A.I. on artistic creation, and reflect on various forms and interactions in the future. Artists and specialists are invited to share their expertise on this theme.

The following questions will be discussed: Will machines replace the role of artists in the future? Do machines have creativity? How should art be defined if created by machines? What are the ethical implications of A.I. in artistic creations ?

Organisation and partners :
Organisers: Consulate general of France in Hong Kong and Macau / Institut Français / Asia Society
Film partner: Mar Vivo Films
With special thanks to Alliance Française Hong Kong.


6:00 - 6:15pm - Official launching of “The Night of Ideas 2018”
6:15 – 7:15pm - 1st roundtable discussion. Theme: “Reimagine Education: A.I and Education”
Abstract: Dr Chu will first talk about what is the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR) and its relationship to AI. He will then discuss crisis and opportunities created by the 4th IR for education. He will end with an examination on key action areas to prepare students for the 4th IR by transforming the education ecosystem.
7:15 – 7:30pm - Q&A
7:30 – 8.00pm - Reception and Virtual Reality (VR) corner presentation
• Cocktail on the courtyard
• Presentation of 2 VR installations: “BRAIN FACTORY, speculative neuro-design” // “WILD IMMERSION, the virtual reserve”
8.00pm – 8.15pm – “AI.R”: interactive digital performance
AI.R is an abstract expression of Artificial Intelligence that takes the form of an interactive live music and dance performance. This performance is the result of a collaboration between digital art duo Pierre Blaise Dionet & Ilmari Heikkinen, the dancer and choreographer Isabelle Franques and the musician Laurent Robin.
8:15 – 8.30pm – Performance feedback and transition
8.30pm – 9.15pm - 2nd roundtable discussion - Theme: “Implications of Artificial Intelligence in modes of digital artistic creations”
9:15-9:30pm - Q&A
9.30pm - 10pm – Workshops and general public engagement
“AI.R” interactive digital performance workshop

The audience is invited to try out the performance under the guidance of choregrapher Isabelle Franques and musician Laurent Robin.

#1 VR workshop – “BRAIN FACTORY: speculative neuro-design”
#2 VR workshop – “WILD IMMERSION: the Virtual Reserve”


Eric Berti, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

Prof. Pascale Fung, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST

Prof. Dekai Wu, Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Charles Gillet, Chief Information Officer, Société Générale Asia Pacific

Dr Toa Charm, Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport

Dr Samuel K.W Chu, Associate Professor, Division of Information and Technology Studies, Faculty of Education, Hong Kong University

Pierre-Blaise Dionet, Co-founder and Director, City Shake HK

Maurice Benayoun, , Artist, theorist and curator, Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong

Lai Tze Fan, Professor of Digital Media, Culture and Narrative in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Paul Haswell, Lawyer, Partner for Pinsent Masons / Radio 3 DJ Ms


Gerardo Salandra, CEO and founder of Rocketbots

Joanne Chan, Managing Director, Per Artem Lumen Limited

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