STEM guest lecture series: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ - how emerging technology and Industry 5.0 will allow us to be more human

Many famous Sci-Fi movies feature artificial intelligence (AI) or robots going mad and killing all the humans. But in reality, AI is the only way we, as humans, are going to be able to cope with an increasingly digitised world.

Some 90% of the current data that exists in the world was created in just the last two years. Big Data and AI go together and we need AI to help us separate the signal from the noise.

It’s up to us to create the “5th Industrial Revolution”; Industry 5.0 where humans are the reason why.


This session is hosted by The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science as part of the 2021 STEM guest lecture series, where you can take part in a series of masterclasses delivered by leading ANU academic experts and researchers.

Participants will be expected to have some level of background knowledge in the subject area of each lecture.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Dr Catherine Ball


Dr Catherine Ball is an Associate Professor at The Australian National University (ANU) School of Engineering.
Associate Professor Ball is a scientific futurist, tech influencer, author, champion of diversity and drone expert. She works across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs.
Associate Professor Ball is a proponent of community engagement with STEM, and likes to demystify emerging tech. She continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications.

Date & time

4.30–5.30pm 8 Jul 2021



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Dr Catherine Ball


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