Dr. Paris Buttfield-Addison


Secret Lab Pty. Ltd.

Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab. Secret Lab builds games and game development tools, including creating the award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, the Qantas airlines ‘Joey Playbox’, supporting the BAFTA- and IGF-winning Night in the Woods, and creating and building the popular open source YarnSpinner narrative game framework. Paris formerly worked as mobile product manager for Meebo (acquired by Google), as the Program Manager for GovHack (the longest running and largest government-supported open-data hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere), and as a University lecturer. He has a degree in medieval history, a PhD in Computer Science, and has written more than 30 technical books on mobile development, artificial intelligence, and game development for O’Reilly Media. Paris is the joint recipient (with his best friend and business partner, Jon) of a prestigious Pearcey Award, for contributions to the technology industry. He lives with his far more intelligent and attractive wife—a researcher using machine learning to locate space debris—in beautiful Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, and can be found on Twitter @parisba and online at http://paris.id.au


What government needs to know about teaching AI in schools

09/11/2020 14.15 - 14.55

FWD50 in the MixChannel 5Breakout session

It’s really, really, mind-blowing difficult for teachers to keep up to date with AI, and effectively teach students what they need to know. AI in school education is at such an early stage of development that we still don’t know what works and what doesn’t. It’s tough.

This session presents a summary of what Australia has learned about AI in school education, and explores... read more