Last week, the AI Forum met with Minister Clare Curran to discuss the findings and recommendations from our recent research report Artificial Intelligence – Shaping a Future New Zealand and to hear about the Government’s initiatives relating to AI and data. It was a wide ranging conversation, including AI impacts on New Zealand jobs, the Future of Work, AI ethics and digital rights, Digital 7 nations, education and skills. Last, but by no means least, the economic opportunities from AI to help raise New Zealand’s productivity and international competitiveness. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Government to facilitate positive outcomes for New Zealand from AI driven change.
On the topic of New Zealand’s poor, long run productivity performance conundrum, Paul Conway of the Productivity Commission recently published a landmark paper Can the kiwi fly? Achieving productivity lift off in New Zealand, which recommends more international connection, capital deepening, greater competition and more eﬀective technology led innovation to address one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation.
Many thanks to everyone (100+ people!) who raised their hand to join the AI Forum’s new working groups. Group allocations are now arranged and we will be communicating next steps this week, so please keep an eye on your email. We’re looking forward to gathering everyone together for a kickoff meeting in September.
Other highlights from a busy few weeks include speaking about AI at the well attended Waikato FutureTech meeting in Hamilton, alongside presentations on Blockchain and Smart Cities. It was great to meet such a strong and vibrant tech community in Waikato, impressively organised by @JannatMaqbool, thank you. Also, theoretical neuroscientist, data scientist and entrepreneur Dr Vivienne Ming spoke in Christchurch and Auckland about the Future of Work: Human/AI Potential. Watch her Q&A here.
I’m taking time out this week with family and friends in the Mackenzie Country, ferrying teenagers up and down to the ski slopes and hoping to run on a few local trails from the awesome Wild Things New Zealand trail directory. If you are taking time off during the school holidays, have a relaxing break. If not, enjoy the reduced traffic on the way to work!
Pictured above (L-R): Brigitte Morten (New Zealand Tech Alliance), Minister Clare Curran, Stu Christie (AI Forum), Ben Reid (AI Forum), Kim Connolly-Stone (MBIE, Digital Economy)