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Thinking skills in an AI world: Preparing students to shape their future

Toby Walsh, Lyria Bennett Moses, Peter Ellerton

The next wave of Australian education reform will need to consider the challenges and opportunities of an AI future.

What types of thinking skills will young people need to leverage the opportunities and minimise the risks that artificial intelligence will bring? How can we ensure that students have the capacity to critically and ethically engage with these new technologies? And what might education do differently to ensure students are able to positively shape their world?

This event was recorded live for the UNSW Grand Challenge on Living with 21st Century Technology and the NSW Department of Education's Education for a Changing World initiative.

The panel features:

Professor Toby Walsh – Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and Data61

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses – Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW

Peter Ellerton – Founding Director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project

Christine Cawsey – Principal, Rooty Hill High School

Sandy Plunkett – Entrepreneur and founder of the independent consultancy, Innovation Clearinghouse

Moderator: Leslie Loble – Deputy Secretary of External Affairs and Regulation, NSW Department of Education

Opening: Mark Scott – Secretary of the NSW Department of Education

Closing: Professor Geoff Crisp – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) UNSW