Over recent months, I have undertaken a challenge with my friends to run every day for 100 days. Today, as we head into our final week, I knocked off run number 93 with ease. This experience reminds me that it is easier to break a big challenge into smaller bits, and do it together.
This is exactly how we are approaching artificial intelligence in New Zealand. Taking a massive concept and breaking it into smaller manageable focus areas. Working together with technology leaders, the government, leading academics and business people from across New Zealand to create the AI Forum, a neutral ‘centre of gravity’ for all public discussion and debate, research and policy creation around this world altering technology. The government and industry working together to ensure New Zealand is ready.
However, the question I ask every day is, “are we doing enough?” Over Easter, I read that Canada’s government and private sector have collaborated to launch the Vector Institute to accelerate research and commercialisation of AI and machine learning technologies. The Canadian government is investing $150 million which is being matched by 31 corporates. Let’s hope that when the AI Forum of New Zealand launches it too will have similar levels of national support to ensure New Zealand is ready.
Have a great week