Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma

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Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma

Future Thinking, AI & Society with Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma.

Are you interested in the future? Who isn’t. It seems our brain however does something weird when we think about our future self. It starts acting as if you’re thinking about a completely different person.  As Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute of the Future, Jane Mc Gonigal Phd teaches How to Think Like a Futurist: Improve your Powers of Imagination, Invention and Capacity for Change at Stanford University. Jane will take you on a crash course in thinking about the near and the far-off-future as more than an exercise in intellectual curiosity, but instead an essential practical skill from which we can all benefit.

Drawing on her work as a game developer and a futurist – Jane will present a 20 minute session – How to make friends with the Future.  She asks: Can you imagine the single biggest challenge you’ll personally face five years from now? Can you picture what will be the three most important technologies in your life twenty years from now? What about the biggest challenge the world will face in fifty years?

Research reveals that imagination has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In other words, futurist thinking gives you the ability to create change in your own life and the world around you, today. 

Jane McGonigal PhD is renowned for her work as a pioneering game designer, TED speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling books Reality is Broken and SuperBetter. After suffering a debilitating concussion that left her bedridden and suicidal, Jane decided to turn her experience into the role-play game SuperBetter. Not only did gamifying her recovery help Jane overcome her brain trauma, it has helped half a million people overturn their depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Jane McGonigal will then be joined by Kriti Sharma. 

Kriti is a leading global voice in AI and its impact on society and the future of work. She built her first robot at the age of 15 and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology in 2017 alongside Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. Amongst other achievements, Kriti has recently advised  the UK Parliament in the House of Lords on AI Policy and was invited as a civic leader to the Obama Foundation Summit for her work in ethical technology.

Kriti is perfectly positioned to talk us through the ethics of AI and will share her insights into why there is a need for more diversity in technology – from those developing it - to those who are coding the future. The good news is that AI is within our control. We can teach AI the right values, the right ethics. We just need to act sooner rather than later. 

After Kriti Sharma’s 20 minute presentation – these two pioneering women will be in conversation with Marc Fenell.

Marc Fenell will bring his wealth of knowledge across developments in technology and add an Australian perspective to the talk.

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes, no interval

Ticket Info


Standard $40
City Recital Hall Member $35
Concession $32
Group (8+) $35


Standard $30
City Recital Hall Member $25
Concession $25
Group (8+) $25

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