Building strong partnerships
The AI Forum is focused on building strong partnerships between key players in the New Zealand AI Ecosystem: Government, global technology platform providers, universities and our many AI innovators and end users.
By making it easy to work together within the AI ecosystem we can ensure that the settings are in place to enable AI innovation and application to help drive positive social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.
Participation in the AI Forum’s Working Groups is open to staff of all member organisations. If your organisation is already a member, please complete the Expression of Interest form.
Members of the AI Forum can choose to join our Working Groups. Members also have the opportunity to join with the work of the international Partnership on AI of which the AI Forum NZ is a Partner.
Information on AI Forum working groups is shown below. Please contact the leaders of these working groups for more information.
Current Working Groups
WG1 Forging a Coordinated AI Strategy For New Zealand
New Zealand needs a coordinated strategic approach to AI to maximize the benefits of AI for the whole population, prepare us for foreseeable effects on society and enable an effective response to AI investment by international businesses, governments and military organisations.
WG2 Creating Awareness and Discussion of AI
New Zealand needs to significantly advance mainstream AI awareness by facilitating broad discussion on its themes and impacts. This will help reduce the negative impact of sensational media coverage and popular culture, particularly on the topic of employment and jobs. Public and private enterprise need to gain a better understanding of what is possible and how to evaluate AI.
WG3 Assisting AI Adoption
This working group aims to create a central point of knowledge for creating ‘how to’ guides and investment case templates for AI adoption across sectors. Deliverables will consider business and technology objectives, but also guide in the areas of law, policy and understanding societal impacts.
WG4 Increasing Trusted Data Accessibility
AI, as with the adjacent data sciences, is dependent upon the ready – and trusted – availability of high quality, accessible data. There are huge economic, social and environmental opportunities from treating our data as a national strategic asset and using AI to realise the value contained therein.
WG5 Growing the AI Talent Pool
There is both a strong global demand for AI specialists (including machine learning experts and data scientists) and an increasing supply shortage. This working group will look at how New Zealand might encourage more students to choose AI-related fields as a career, develop new AI courses targeting mid-career and lifelong learning, and overcome barriers to recruitment of existing talent, to meet demand and help bridge the short term supply gap.
WG6 Adapting to AI Effects on Law, Ethics and Society
This working group will collectively investigate ethical impacts, investigate issues, set guidelines for best practice and publish learnings on how best to adapt to AI effects on wider Society. How do we help prepare the workforce for the future? In the future, AI will lead to changes in job roles, with some disappearing and others created. New Zealanders will need guidance on retraining and upskilling throughout their life. This is also an opportunity for New Zealand to lead education system change towards lifelong learning.
This working group maintains strong links with the international AI Policy bodies, particularly the Partnership on AI.
To express your interest in joining a working group, please submit a Working Group Expression of Interest.