FutureworkNZ blog

BlogA blog by Commission staff to generate ideas and promote debate for our Technological change and the future of work inquiry.

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Kiwibot

Will Dalek chilly bins conquer the last mile?

16 October 2019 | John MacCormick

In Berkeley, California last week I met the Kiwibots – a tribe of 4-wheeled robots about the size of...

Marae

Culturally diverse AI could enrich children’s learning

2 October 2019 | Amelia Sharman

I love the bold and colourful marae at Te Papa Tongarewa. The space is made up of a marae ātea (plac...

Biased algorithms – a good or bad thing?

2 October 2019 | Dave Heatley

Fears of social problems accompany any new technology. Not just new problems, as technology can re-i...

Map without NZ

Left off the map – again!

26 September 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

This is a slide from Professor Richard Baldwin’s presentation about his new book The Globotics Uphea...

Snow

Robots and frozen vegetables

22 August 2019 | Dave Heatley

Freezing 500 tonnes of vegetables a day, most days of the year. That makes for a significant manufac...

Low-emissions economy

Climate change policy, technological change and the future o...

6 August 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

It’s always a big day for the Productivity Commission when the Government announces its response to ...

Robots in Japan

Can robots help fund more attractive places to live?

1 August 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

Robots are going to take our jobs, right?  Well, maybe. The available evidence provides conflicting ...

Straight line to the mountains

The perils of straight-line forecasting

24 July 2019 | Dave Heatley

Skills scarcity is great. At least when it’s your skills in demand.

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