Staff Reporters
Feb 2, 2018

Man vs Machine: Technology challenging live events

Entrepreneurs examine the intersection between technology and humanity at AIME.

Biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen says we are in the midst of a world-changing technological revolution
Biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen says we are in the midst of a world-changing technological revolution

The relationship between man and machine will be the centre of discussion at this year's Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), which is set to take place in Melbourne on February 20–21. 

In a 'Saxton Up Close and Personal' session, biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen (main), award-winning filmmaker Bill Bennett, entrepreneur Casey Hyun, and founder of the Tech Girls Movement Jenine Beekhuyzen will present their insights and experiences working with technology.

Nguyen, who received the 2017 Eureka Prize for Science Journalism for his documentary series Becoming Superhuman, is expected to share a unique perspective into the evolving intersection between technology and humanity, and the role of robotics in our future.

“Business is evolving very quickly, especially in the areas of communication, connection, and inclusion,” he said. “Given the rapid advancements in technologies such as robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, consequently we are evolving alongside these through our awareness, knowledge, and understanding of what it means to be human.

“We are in the midst of a world-changing technological revolution, a new era. Impossible human problems are becoming possible, the lines are blurring between real and virtual worlds, and our relationship with robotics and AI is becoming increasingly integrated… these bring about the creation of previously unimagined experiences, and we must examine how these capabilities can better inform and educate us, so ultimately, humanity can thrive moving into this bold new future.”

He added: “I look forward to speaking at AIME. Event technology already explores the relationships and boundaries of virtual reality and robots, it will be very interesting to explore these applications and what they represent for the industry."

AIME project manager, Angela Sciacca, expects robust discussion at this year’s event.

“AIME focuses on three core pillars, knowledge, connections, and experiences, and what Dr Nguyen and the Saxton speakers bring is an innovative and new perspective, expanding our collective knowledge.

"We are confident that attendees will gain incredible insight into the applications of robotics in our very human industry, and how it could give your event the leading edge,” she said. 

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