What’s the formula for decision making about AI and other emerging technologies?

“AI is perhaps the most talked about technology of our time, promising to transform fundamental aspects of how we live, work and play. The capability of AI to perform increasingly more tasks that were previously the sole preserve of humans will free people up to focus on higher value, more fulfilling activities. However, this also…

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Thinking climate change: start here

Is the Labour-New Zealand First-Green government getting serious on climate change? Certainly, there have been some major pronouncements on the seriousness of climate change. Take for instance the Prime Minister’s comment delivered during the election that ‘climate change is the nuclear issue of our time’ or, in a more legislative vein, the Government’s intention to…

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If voting is only half the story, what’s the other half?

First for the bad news. Representative democracy is not in good shape and the signs for improvement are not bright. After 200 years it is on the ropes due to a laundry sized list of ailments: falling rates of voter turn-out, especially amongst the young; shrinking party membership; the low esteem and suspicion politicians are…

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We need a New-Democracy: Australia has one

Have you heard anything about renewing the state of NZ’s democracy, even whispers, from the new Government? How about from other organisations? I’ve been listening but, despite worrying trends in voter turnout, trust and confidence, haven’t heard much at all. ‘Listening is an instrument of power’ [1], so you know something is up when the…

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