Last month, it was great to connect with so many smart and dynamic people at Techweek’18 events up and down the country. My personal highlight was the AI in Business panel discussion at ProjectR in Wellington, hosted by WREDA. The quality of discussion and experienced insights from panelists Ana-Maria Mocanu, Asa Cox, Shaun Ryan and Kurt Janssen moderated by Callaghan Innovation’s Jonathan Miller was light years ahead of where we were just a year ago. It highlighted how far New Zealand’s AI knowledge has come in a short time and is a reason to be optimistic about the future.
Following the recent release of our research report Artificial Intelligence – Shaping a Future New Zealand, the AI Forum is establishing six New Zealand-focused working groups to begin addressing the recommendations. Representation on the working groups is open to all AI Forum members, providing a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the national AI conversation. It enables collaboration on shared goals with other members from public, private and education sector organisations to work together developing New Zealand’s AI capabilities. The working groups will follow these themes:
Theme 1: Forging a Coordinated AI Strategy for New Zealand
Theme 2: Creating Awareness and Discussion of AI
Theme 3: Assisting AI Adoption
Theme 4: Increasing Trusted Data Accessibility
Theme 5: Growing the AI Talent Pool
Theme 6: Adapting to AI effects on Law, Ethics and Society
These are in addition to the recently established AI Forum working groups aligned with the international work of the Partnership on AI: AI, Labour and the Economy and Fair, Transparent, Accountable AI.
To express interest in getting involved and joining one or more working groups please complete this short online form.
Meanwhile, please mark your diaries for our next round of AI Forum Connect events in Auckland on 3 July, Wellington on 24 July and Christchurch on 8 August. We will share more information on our event speakers soon and look forward to connecting with you and the local AI community.