Connections strengthen AI locally

Jackie Clark
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AI Forum

Last night we hosted our first Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ) Connect Event in Auckland.  The sold out event showcased local AI talent, provided an excellent opportunity to make connections and learn more about local AI initiatives.  

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AI centre stage at Canterbury Tech Summit

Jackie Clark
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AI Forum, Canterbury Tech

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.

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How should society prepare for advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Jackie Clark
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AI Forum

While evangelists predict human level intelligence by 2029, doomsayers say AI will bring the end of the human race!  The truth is likely to lie between these extremes.  However things pan out, AI is likely to have a big impact on our world.

AI is advancing at a rapid pace and currently includes agile robots, autonomous vehicles, open domain question answering, domain general action learning, visual object recognition, scene description and machine translation.  With public awareness of AI growing, economists, lawyers and politicians are also engaged in dialogue.  So, if AI technologies have the potential to dramatically change our society, how should we respond?

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Golden opportunities for Kiwi tech sector in South East Asia

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech, Industry News, NZTech News

Kiwi companies are queueing up to do business with Vietnam and other similar sized Asian countries, a leading New Zealand technology businessman says.

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CERT report captures just the tip of the iceberg

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release

Kiwis need to keep talking about cyber security as criminals are using technologies to find new ways to undertake crime, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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NZTech Update – Snow, sun and endless queues!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update, Weekly Newsletter

Hi Readers,

Last weekend I took the family to Whakapapa for a play in the snow and we struck a bluebird day! It was stunning, with blue skies and views to Mt Taranaki and beyond. What we didn’t strike lucky was the lengthy queues of people buying day passes. While there is plenty of technology on the mountain, it is still seriously lacking. Waiting in a queue for an hour and a half to buy a ski pass is incredibly disappointing. Through the use of digital mobile technology and payment systems utilising smartphones a more efficient user experience could easily be provided, for kiwis and tourists alike. It’s everyday experiences like this that remind me how important our vision is to create a prosperous nation underpinned by technology.

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NZTech Update – Canterbury tech, AV’s, AI and more!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers

Last week, I enjoyed a brisk South Island day in Christchurch catching up with the local Canterbury Tech team about Techweek and the upcoming Canterbury Tech Summit. The summit has a stellar line up of local and international speakers delving into strategy and leadership, AI, Bitcoin and tech exports. It’s definitely worth the trip but get in quick for the final few tickets.

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We’re hiring! Techweek’18 Festival Manager wanted

Chantal Thomas
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Techweek

We’re looking for an experienced events manager to work with our team to deliver a high quality, engaging and internationally relevant, Techweek Festival of Events.

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Breaking stereotypes essential to inspire girls into tech

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech Women

This morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast show, NZTech’s Andrea Hancox discussed busting tech stereotypes.   Watch the interview here.

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NZ not alone in struggling to attract tech women

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech News, NZTech Women

New Zealand is not alone in attracting and retaining women in tech, a leading tech specialist says.

Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.

The Ministry of Women has released a guide Decoding Diversity targeted at attracting and retaining girls and women in tech education. The guide is for secondary school teachers, university lecturers, code club volunteers and other community group leaders, potential employers, career advisors, industry professionals, recruitment personnel, students and parents.

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