Technological advancement presents us with immense opportunity and capability enhancement in areas like speed, reach, capacity and data manipulation. But technology cannot replicate the human capacity for abstraction, empathy, compassion and connection; capabilities vital in dealing with an unknown future, and addressing large-scale, long-term problems. Humans and technology have amazing and unique capabilities, and offer powerful partnerships or unique advantages depending on the situation. Understanding this enables us to get the best from people and technology, and create synergistic partnerships with technology to get the best outcomes in our increasingly complex world.
Dr Fiona Kerr combines cognitive neuroscience and systems engineering to examine the amazing brain, the neurophysiological impact of human interaction, and how this is altered by and through technology, especially AI. Her research projects and work include how these areas impact fields as diverse as work, healthcare, defence, technology design and use, belonging, empathy and social capital. Fiona combines her role as Industry Professor, Neural and Systems Complexity at the University of Adelaide with speaking and consulting internationally to companies, industry sectors and governments.