Taming the Terminator: Law, ethics and artificial intelligence

Date & time
6–7pm Wednesday 2 December 2020

Online via Zoom Webinar

ANU Law Marketing

Presented by Humanising Machine Intelligence

60th Anniversary Celebrations
Taming the Terminator: Law, ethics and artificial intelligence

Taming the Terminator: Law, ethics and artificial intelligence

Over the past decade, advances in machine learning have led to major breakthroughs in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Will machine intelligence surpass human intelligence within the next few decades? How can we protect against unintended consequences? Can the law keep pace with rapid technological progress?

Join a panel of leading interdisciplinary experts as they explore the complex legal and ethical challenges AI and automated decision-making present to industry, government and the legal profession.


Event Sponsor





  • Dr Will Bateman »

    Dr Will Bateman (BA/LLB (Hons) '08, GDLP '09) is a senior lecturer at ANU College of Law and leads multi-jurisdictional projects on the legal regulation of public and private finance, with a special focus on central banking, sovereign debt markets, national budget formulation and sustainable investing. His recent engagements with central banks and financial regulators include Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 'Legal Aspects of Central Bank Money Creation' (2020) and Bank of England, 'Quantitative Easing, Reserve Creation and Digital Currency' (2020).

    Dr Bateman also leads research projects on the regulation of artificial intelligence, and is currently spearheading a major project on the formulation of model legal frameworks to govern artificial intelligence in the public sector. He also collaborates with computer science experts in designing ethical and lawful algorithmic decision systems. His law/tech collaboration partners include Minderoo Foundation (global philanthropic organisation), Gradient Institute (ethical AI research institute), Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project).

  • Dr Tiberio Caetano »

    Dr Tiberio Caetano is the Chief Scientist of the Gradient Institute and Honorary Professor at ANU. He is one of Australia's leading machine learning practitioners and researchers, with a world-class record of both research and industry practice.

    He took his PhD in 2004, and after a postdoctoral position at the University of Alberta worked at NICTA from 2005 through 2013, when he founded his own machine learning company, Ambiata, which he sold to Australia's largest insurance conglomerate, IAG, in 2014. He has also served as advisor to the Chief Customer Officer of IAG. 

    In 2019, Tiberio and a team of stellar machine learning (ML) researchers launched the Gradient Institute, an independent, not-for-profit research institute jointly funded by IAG, the University of Sydney, and CSIRO Data61. They have undertaken significant projects with government partners in Australia and overseas, and promise to make an indispensable contribution to realising the promise of fair, accountable, and transparent machine learning systems.

  • Dr Atoosa Kasirzadeh »

    Dr Atoosa Kasirzadeh is a research fellow at the Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project).

    Her work lies at the intersection of philosophy (and sociology) of science and technology, individual and group decision-making, and artificial intelligence. She wrote a mathematics PhD dissertation on the optimisation of large-scale decision-making problems. Currently, she is finishing her second PhD dissertation in philosophy where she tackles the contribution of mathematics to the explanation of social and natural phenomena, and the implications of this contribution to specifying the scope of explanatory reasoning for AI. 

  • Dr James Popple (moderator) »

    Dr James Popple (BA (Hons) '88, LLB '89, PhD '95) is Official Secretary to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. He is also a member of the Anti-Dumping Review Panel, and a member of the ACT Remuneration Tribunal.

    He was the inaugural Freedom of Information Commissioner, and a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  Before that, James worked for 12 years in the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Before joining AGD, he was a judge's associate, then Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Australia.

    James has degrees in law and arts, and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Australian National University (in the College of Law and the College of Engineering and Computer Science) where he conducted his doctoral research in artificial intelligence and law.

Research theme: 



Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team