Artificial intelligence (AI) Bitcoin, cybersecurity, leadership strategy and hi-tech exports are themes at this year’s Canterbury Tech Summit on 14 September in Christchurch.
In a recent Idealog interview Summit chair David Carter said technologies like AI are becoming part of everyday life as it becomes more affordable and accessible. Artificial intelligence will radically transform professional service industries like accountants and lawyers, he said. Entire industries will change, so people will need to work out how to stay relevant, he adds.
In the Canterbury region, 2016 has seen another successful year of growth in the highly-diverse and super-vibrant tech sector and is expected to continue next year. As New Zealand’s second largest innovation hub, the region is already generating $2.5 billion of tech revenue, an impressive $700 million of which comes from exporting. The region also employs nearly 15,000 tech workers.