It has been great to see the Forum gain momentum as we continue to welcome on board new founding members including IBM and ANZ. This is further acknowledgement of the importance of AI to New Zealand’s future economic prosperity and the essential role we hold in bringing organisations together from all corners of our business, government and education sectors.
I am delighted to announce that we will be partnering with NewZealand.ai to deliver AI Day 2018, New Zealand’s landmark AI conference. The event will be held on 28 March, 2018 and is dedicated to showcasing AI adoption, growing capability and ensuring that AI benefits New Zealand society as a whole. Watch this space as we announce our exciting list of international and local speakers.
As previously flagged, the Forum’s first major work stream, the New Zealand AI Impacts Research Project, is now well underway. Our research team have been conducting interviews up and down the country. We look forward to sharing the early findings of the research in the next few months before publishing the full report at the start of 2018.
Recently I have read some interesting articles from the HBR: A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI and an insightful piece about Facebook’s Applied Machine Learning (AML) group which has evolved over recent years into the engine room of AI at Facebook. Also I enjoyed the World Economic Forum’s story on how an AI was challenged to predict the most successful startups back in 2009 – with astonishing results to date. Plenty of valuable learnings in all of these articles.
I look forward to seeing some of you at our Wellington AI Connect event on 18 October for what promises to be a fascinating panel event moderated by the AI Forum’s Ben Reid. Also save the date for 17 November for a special event with Microsoft’s visiting VP Dave Heiner! More details to come soon.
AI Forum NZ Chair