Why we have formed
The AI Forum has formed a working group to draft a white paper on Large Language Models (LLM) and Generative AI in New Zealand.
The working group comprises subject matter experts from across Aotearoa and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits, challenges, and governance considerations associated with LLMs in New Zealand.
The white paper will explore various topics related to LLMs, including their impact on privacy, security, bias and ethics, as well as their potential applications in different industries such as healthcare, education, and law. Additionally, the group will examine best practices for deploying and managing these models in the local context, specifically focusing on Te Ao Māori.
The AI Forum New Zealand facilitates AI advancement for Aotearoa, New Zealand, across a multi-stakeholder environment. Members are encouraged to consider different points of view when formulating projects, to provoke conversation within the working groups and cultivate open critique and reflection.
Overall, the working group aims to provide insights and guidance to organisations and individuals considering or already using LLMs in New Zealand to ensure they do so ethically, responsibly, and sustainably.
The Forum’s intent for the Working Group is to use the Forum’s power to convene and bring together knowledge from across the AI ecosystem to collate and bring to life AI best practices and guidelines for its use in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The group has been formulated to address the following:
- To ensure that Te Ao Māori is embedded in AI governance approaches adopted in New Zealand.
- To open the eyes of New Zealanders wanting to investigate and gain access to valuable tools available.
- To inform the AI Governance working group on frameworks and toolsets relevant to LLM and generative AI.
- Recognising that effective governance of AI relies on solid foundations of responsible governance, use and processing of New Zealanders’ data.
- White Paper on Large Language Models in New Zealand
Objectives: The objective of the white paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits, challenges, and governance considerations associated with LLMs in New Zealand, as well as best practices for deploying and managing these models in the local context. This will help organisations and individuals make informed decisions about how to use LLMs responsibly and ethically.
Audiences: The white paper will be delivered to the NZ AI Forum and other relevant industry groups, as well as to academic institutions and government agencies. It will also be made available to the broader public interested in understanding the impact of LLMs in New Zealand.
- Guidelines for Ethical Use of LLMs in New Zealand
Objectives: The objective of the guidelines is to provide practical guidance to organisations and individuals considering or already using LLMs in New Zealand. The policies will focus on ethical considerations, such as privacy, security, bias, and cultural sensitivity, explicitly focusing on the Māori language and culture. This will help ensure that LLMs are deployed and managed in a way that is respectful and responsible towards all stakeholders.
Audiences: The guidelines will be widely disseminated to relevant stakeholders, including AI researchers, software developers, business leaders, data scientists, policymakers, and academics. They will also be available for public use.
- Case Study Examples of LLM Applications in New Zealand
Objectives: The case studies aim to showcase the potential of LLMs to drive innovation and enable better decision-making in New Zealand. The case studies will also highlight best practices for deploying and managing these models in practice, which can be used as a guide for others looking to develop their own LLM applications.
Audiences: The case studies will be publicly available and disseminated through the NZ AI Forum and other relevant industry groups. They will interest businesses, government agencies, scholars, and public members interested in learning how LLMs are used in New Zealand.
The LLM Working Group meets regularly and works together to produce advice on practical tools for New Zealand organisations and their leaders.
If you are interested in getting involved and leading some of that work, please get in touch here.
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