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Wrestling with the Robots
 | Te Mamau i Ngā Karetao

  • Titirangi War Memorial Hall South Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)

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As we incorporate artificial intelligence, automation and robotics into our lives and even our bodies, we continue to wrestle with what it all means for us as humans. Helen Heath explores the issues through poetry, wondering whether words can shape our understanding of a changing world. Dr Jo Cribb has co-written a practical guide to managing the high-speed change ahead of us so that we can thrive. The two writers are joined by interviewer Vincent Heeringa to discuss what we should celebrate and what we should be concerned about in this ever-changing technological future.

Helen Heath is a poet, essayist and academic from the Kāpiti Coast, Wellington. Her debut collection of poetry Graft won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry award in 2013 and was the first book of fiction or poetry to ever be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. Her new collection of poems, about the intersect between people and technology, is called Are Friends Electric?

Dr Jo Cribb holds roles on boards, is the part-time Chief Executive of the NZ Book Council and her varied portfolio includes facilitating sessions at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. As a previous chief executive of the Ministry for Women, Jo was one the youngest chief executives ever appointed in the NZ Public Service. She has invested her time and energy in advancing the cause of the vulnerable in society, spearheading some of the most difficult issues of our time.

Vincent Heeringa is an award-winning publisher and journalist. He was the co-founder of many magazines including Idealog, Stoppress and Good. He helped launch the Innovator Awards and was the founding chair of the Science Media Centre. With AUT Media he has published 11 books. His first novel is due this Christmas.


Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch
$150.00 (value $ 174.00) $135 concession (value $150.00)
Early Bird $139.00 ($120 concession) Only available until 3 August
Individual Sessions $18.00 ($15 concession)
Morning/Afternoon Tea $ 5.00 Lunch $20.00