Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
Among Ray’s many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.
He has had a distinguished career as a trial and appellate counsel, an international judge, and author of leading textbooks. He has argued many landmark cases in media, constitutional and criminal law, in the European Court of Justice; the European Court of Human Rights; the Supreme Court (House of Lords and Privy Council); the UN War Crimes courts; the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in the highest courts of many commonwealth countries.
He has argued hundreds of death sentence appeals, prosecuted Hastings Banda, defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson and Julian Assange and acted for Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against Genera lPnochet. He is a Master of the Middle Temple and author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice; The Case of the Pope; Mullahs without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons; and The Tyrannicide Brief. In 2011
Geoffrey has, as a jury advocate, appeared in many criminal trials at the Old Bailey and libel trials in the High Court. He has appeared in several hundred reported cases in the Court of Appeal (both civil and criminal divisions) and in judicial reviews in the High Court, and in subsequent appeals. He has a large advisory practice, for clients including governments, media corporations, NGO’s and local councils.
Geoffrey was awarded the New York Bar Association prize for achievement in international law and affairs.
Geoffrey hosted an Australian television series of programmes called Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals. These shows invite notable people, often including former and current political leaders, to discuss contemporary issues by assuming imagined identities in hypothetical situations.
Chris teaches Command, Leadership and Management at the Australian Defence College. He uses his deep knowledge of defence strategy to run demanding scenario exercises and simulations that complement course work.
He is a member of the ADC Forum Advisory Council and has chaired working groups on ‘Strategic Cities’ and ‘Infrastructure and Population’.
Passionate about developing leaders and helping people communicate with confidence, Gavin was also the first Australian to be elected International President of Toastmasters International.
Through this and other projects, Lauren has helped Landcom achieve international recognition for sustainable development.
Maureen has spent over 30 years helping organisations get ready for the future, by focusing on the relationship between strategy, customer engagement and innovation. She uses ‘design thinking’ as a catalyst for business transformation.
Maureen is also the chair of Australia’s Good Design Council, co-founder of the Design as Strategy Forum and an honorary professor at University of Technology, Sydney.
With energy policy very much in the national spotlight, Neil has authored reports addressing energy security and energy resiliency. He also recently delivered advice to the Asia Pacific Economic forum on disaster resilience.
Neil previously served in the Australian Defence Force and was a member of units deployed to Iraq and Timor Leste. He also led projects in remote indigenous communities and played a key role in the Defence’s response to Victoria’s ‘Black Saturday’ disaster.
With a strong sense of social justice and understanding the importance of social cohesion, Shaza is dedicated to building better communities and furthering social enterprise.
Shaza is the president of the Muslim Women Association (MWA). Though this role, she is improving services for women and children facing domestic and family violence. Shaza also guides health, wellbeing, and empowerment programs to encourage Muslim women in Australia to get involved in their community.
become a much-sought-after media personality, being interviewed on television shows from
the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan. She has also become a keynote speaker and panel member at some of the world’s leading conferences.
Sophia is frequently asked about the possibility of robots one day destroying humans, and she has stretched her growing mind to grapple with the complex issues involved, at times expressing contradictory views. However, in recent months she has settled on a strongly pro-human ethical perspective. In June 2017 at the “AI For Good Global Summit” United Nations event in Geneva, she issued a powerful statement in favor of human-AI cooperation for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics, a company renowned for developing the world’s most humanlike robots,endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity.