I’ve had a busy few weeks taking part in diverse AI related meetings around the country. A highlight was the workshop hosted by Victoria University of Wellington with the UK’s Dr Gavin Starks, founder of the Open Data Institute: Data is the Infrastructure of our Future – How Do We Design For It? Gavin talked about examples of open data initiatives he has helped to lead in the UK including the Open Transport API and the Open Banking Standard. The phrase ‘Infrastructure of the Future’ really resonated with me. How do we frame up investments in Data and AI capability in the same way as we talk about roads, ports and electricity networks?
We have had an amazing response to our request in the previous newsletter for Expressions of Interest to join the AI Forum’s new working groups:
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
If you haven’t already, please complete this short online form to register your interest by 30 June.
We’re now working to ensure that these groups are up and running quickly and efficiently with AI Forum Chair Stu Christie leading the working group establishment process. Further details on next steps will be shared shortly.
— Ben Reid (@ben_r) June 21, 2018
Finally congratulations to NZTech Chair, Mitchell Pham, Rocketlabs’ Peter Beck and New Zealand AI Innovator Soul Machines’ Mike Sagar who last week received a Kea World Class New Zealand Award at a gala dinner in Auckland. It was a privilege to attend the awards event along with the Executive Directors of the New Zealand Tech Alliance communities – once again more evidence of how rapidly the New Zealand tech ecosystem is reaching the entire economy and becoming fundamental to our future. Congratulations also to Soul Machines for their selection in the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers Cohort 2018.