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NZTech Inform – What does job automation mean for Kiwis?

Kia ora Readers,

After a lengthy renovation, we moved home during Easter. As we carried boxes into the house, I considered how useful it will be, in the future, to have robotic assistance. Later, tidying up outside, I was weed whacking for four hours, wishing for robot help! I had plenty of time to think about how automation will make my life easier. However, plenty of people make their living carrying boxes, whacking weeds and hundreds of other jobs that are most likely to be automated. As automation evolves, it is critical for everyone’s future that no one is left behind. For this reason, we all need to support the Productivity Commission’s new inquiry into the most likely future scenarios for technology’s impact on the workforce. Please, have your say on Technology and the Future of Work here.

The TechLeaders Executive also point out that they are already seeing the impact of automation on their businesses and staff. They are collaborating across the Tech Alliance, to identify best practice to minimise the impact of automation on the workforce. This includes better ways of identifying needed skills and a set of Digital Principles.

This week, I am attending the Agritech New Zealand board meeting to help accelerate the growth of New Zealand’s agritech exports. I am also attending the Digital Identity New Zealand board meeting where the focus will be on the development of use cases for digital identity.

On Thursday, I am chairing the Auckland ICT Grad School Board and a key topic of discussion will be ensuring an increasing number of students can find internship placements at the end of their courses. Please let me know if you are interested in having an InfoTech Masters student for a 10 week internship.

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


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