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Digital Transformation - The Illusion of Control

Jaron Lanier has a unique role his title is Prime Unifying Scientist at Microsoft.

"An unfortunately, that kind of technology, which is Tech business, what we call Tech and the big tech companies and all tech entrepreneurs, the rich people who get rick on tech and all that. We're not all bad, some of us are great, but there's a real temptation to a kind of corruption. Because if you can get in between other people, that's a very direct form of power. It's an even more direct form of power than money."

"So, you know, technology has more or less two meanings these days. One is the very broad meaning of learning how to do things, and the other meaning is the technology that connects people, the information bridge between humans.

"Giving him or her the illusion of freedom, but we completely manipulate that person".

"That's called the illusion of control, and it's actually, as illusions go, it's one of the easier illusions to implement" said Jaron Lanier - Microsoft

Saul Wodak from Behavioural Insights Team Australia. The title of his presentation is How to Build a Net Zero Society using Behavioural Insights to decarbonise home, energy, transport, food and material consumption. Saul is an experienced qualitative researcher and behavioural science Specialist he is the environmental lead at the Behavioural Insights Team in the Sydney office. He also has experience across a range of policy spaces, including health and welfare, education, employment and gender equality.

"Success requires a whole range of new behaviours. So in order to decarbonise the entire economy, we're going to have to impact everybody's day to day lives almost every time, according to the UK's Committee on Climate Change, 62% of the required emission cuts to reach net zero will depend on some kind of behaviour change. This includes changes to the way we commute, what we eat, how we power our homes, where we go on, how we travel, our fundamental relationship with the material world and with energy. And in terms of where the 62% comes from, 9% comes from people actually having to stop or reduce carbon intensive behaviours. So that might be eating less meat or flying less and then 53% are adoption behaviours." said Saul Wodak

"How can we develop policy and business practices which encourage society to act on the widespread concern for the environment that is already out there and what role can behavioural science play? So a good starting point is a good model or theory about how behaviour actually happens. We know that individuals act on preferences, knowledge, values, habits and biases, but they also do this within environments that have a large influence on choices."

"So these could be factors like pricing, convenience or social norms and pressures. And then these factors often exist due to a system of wider factors that things like commercial incentives or regulations or cultural norms. And if you think about all these different factors that influence our choices on our actions, you can broadly put them into three different buckets, which we explore in our report. Through the analogy of a river, you have the micro downstream individual factors, you have the meso midstream choice environment factors, and then you have the macro upstream systemic factors. And so in the report we've explained this by describing different types of interventions that kind of operate at these three separate conceptual levels."

"Delivering net zero depends on a large amount of behaviour change, 62% by some estimations."

Professor Michael Hiscox from Harvard University. The title of his presentation is Climate Action as Behavioural Change. Michael is a professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He's the founding director of the Sustainability Transparency Accountability Research Lab, the Star lab and a faculty member of the Behavioural Insights Group at Harvard Centre for Public Leadership. He's also a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs and the Harvard University Centre for the Environment. In addition to this, while on leave from Harvard between 2015 and 2017, Professor Hiscox was the founding director of BETA. He continues to serve as an advisor to BETA. Michael will present recent in-progress studies that test interventions based upon these behavioural insights that help individuals better align their actions with their intentions to help address the climate crisis.

"So in in 2022, we created a kind of a new four year partnership with the bank to work almost wholly on climate action initiatives that they were interested in developing. And, you know, again, they wanted to be become more of a corporate leader in this space in Australia."

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Unlocking Financial Transformation through Digital Identity and Data Analysis

FinTech Australia:

So how much does our digital identity, how much of this data starts to inform our access to loans? Start to inform there's so much opportunity if you start to have imagination around this and quite literally innovation around it. You can then model that to then go what will the saving be that I would get from having solar panels and then package that up in a nice little loan, maybe from money place, maybe from somewhere else to be able to then go here you go and that then becomes a way you can combine these data sets in a really meaningful way that then helps people flip it around another way. Do this you'll save another 150 bucks a month, financial gratification, and you're doing good for the world. Absolutely and I think again when we look at the themes of this conference, interoperability, open data, and also digital identity, eventually you know we have our credit scores, eventually there will be somewhat of an equivalent of a climate score, in what capacity are you exacerbating or not.


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