Genevieve Bell

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Genevieve Bell

School of Cybernetics - The Australian National University Distinguished Professor & Director

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, AO FAHA FTSE is the Director of the School of Cybernetics at The Australian National University, and a Vice President and a Senior Fellow in the advance research and development labs at Intel Corporation. Genevieve holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist, having spent more than two decades in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel's product development and social science and design research capabilities.

She is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and for being an important voice in the global debates around artificial intelligence and human society. In 2017, Genevieve returned to Australia and established the 3A Institute at The Australian National University in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61,with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to take AI-enabled cyber-physical systems safely, sustainably and responsibly scale. In 2021, she became the inaugural Director of the new ANU School of Cybernetics, which builds on the foundational work of the 3A Institute and seeks to establish cybernetics as an important tool for navigating major societal transformations, through capability building, policy development and safe, sustainable and responsible approaches to new systems.

In addition to her roles at the ANU and Intel, Genevieve is also a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board, Member of the Prime Minister's National Science and Technology Council, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, SRI International Engelbart Distinguished Fellow, member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) AI Council and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Featured Session: Professor Genevieve Bell - The new Cybernetics is here!

MON, OCT 16, 4:00 PM
Cybernetics has been an intellectual wellspring for the twentieth century. Scratch the surface, and somewhere, there will be a link to Cybernetics. Now for some, Cybernetics is likely a faintly familiar thing; this thing that you think you know, but you cannot quite place. It is a familiar stranger, or an echo of an earlier conversation. It starts in the aftermath of World War II, when the conversations were about what to do with all that computing power and data; and about what this would mean for how the world could – and should – be. Because of its proximity to World War II and the shared knowledge of how technology in general, and computers in particular, had been utilised, Cybernetics was built on the idea that systems would require deliberate and concerted ‘shaping and steering. It was more than just an approach to the future, it was also an inspiration for a multiplicity of different futures, and a toolkit to get you there. In this session, Genevieve Bell will explore how a systems approach, and more specifically cybernetics, could be a crucial tool for thinking about the future, And how looking to systems as the most useful unit of analysis, could offer powerful insights into how we can explore and unfold the opportunities and challenges of future of decision making.
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