IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.1, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

The future has already arrived: liability, implications and security

Tuesday 10 October (0930 - 1230)

Room C4.1, Convention Centre, Level 4


Technology Law Committee (Lead)


Technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence, big data analytics and the internet of things, which were once the stuff of science fiction and futurists, have now well and truly arrived. The phenomenon of Pokémon Go, which is AR, has shown a little of the potential of AR in the entertainment area. However, clever scientists are now combining all these technologies to create breakthroughs, particularly for people with disabilities. For example, an Australian company, Psykinetic, is combining all these technologies in telekinesis to enable someone whose only function is his or her eyes to use the eye muscles to drive a car and another person with a disability to play a keyboard at a concert. Nevertheless, all these technologies raise a number of legal and regulatory questions. The session will give some insight into these technological developments, and will raise some of the liability and other legal issues and public policy concerns.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Frederick Chilton Toomey Pegg, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Peter G Leonard Data Synergies, Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia


alex Birrell Clean Space Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Carla Brown University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marc Hilber Oppenhoff & Partner RAe StB mbB, Cologne, Germany; Website Officer, Technology Law Committee
Christopher Holder Bristows, London, England; Vice Chair, Technology Law Committee
Emma Hossack Australian Medical Software Industry Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Simone Lahorgue Nunes Lahorgue Advogadas Associadas , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Susan Xuanfeng Ning King & Wood Mallesons, Beijing, China
Professor Mary O'Kane NSW Department of Industry, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Ian Oppermann NSW Data Analytics Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Scott O’Brien Humense, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hon Angus Taylor MP Australian Government, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia