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'We are not machines'

School of Art & Design Research Lectures 2021

We are not machines’
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‘We are not machines’; creating a Research and Development centre that focuses on the qualities of Human creativity, imagination and empathy in solving societal problems at a time of chaos and the rise of machine intelligence.

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The School of Art & Design is honoured to host Professor Mario Minichiello to lead the second School Research Lecture of 2021 as part of the Creative Innovation Across Disciplines guest speaker series.

The machine thinking revolution has not just replaced jobs, it has changed our sense of purpose, leading to questions about the prominence of humans in the world, the nature of society, and even the future of our species. This existential crisis has given rise to chaos as humans turn their physical strength and intelligence to heap destruction on themselves and the ecosystem that supports them.

FASTlab is an interdisciplinary response to these challenges. Through the use of human creativity, we are starting to do things differently, to try to deal with the randomness of these increasingly chaotic complex systems, and to use design research and creativity to develop speculative prototypes and experiences, to apply design critical thinking and imaginative  problem solving.

This discussion will focus on the processes/approaches and some of the example projects that have helped develop FASTlab. This ranges from industrial, VR to animation, filmmaking, visualisation and games for clients ranging from the building industry, health engineering and the arts.


Professor Mario Minichiello is Co-Director and founder of the ‘Future Arts Science and Technology Laboratory’  (FASTLAB) at the university of Newcastle NSW Australia.   Mario is an experienced leader in international Higher Education and Research. With a strong creative Industry background as a practitioner, creative thinker and problem solver. He has enabled many individual graduate careers, start-ups and spin out companies.

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Image credit: Selfie Factory, 2017 by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz winners of the Digital Portraiture Award, The National Portrait Gallery of Australia


09:00-09:45 Presentation

09:45-10:15 Discussion

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This lecture will take place via Microsoft Teams and will be hosted by Professor Peter Ford.

Attendance at this event is free and online registration is not requiredFor any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa.

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