Welcome to AI New Zealand

If AI is to become an engine of revolution, it's up to us to imagine the opportunities that will create new businesses, jobs and generate revenue.

So here we are, 2017, with a wave of Artificial Intelligent technology splashing all around us.

As business leaders, marketers, recruiters, lawyers, consultants, doctors etc we all know AI will impact our business in some shape or form. How we use AI to innovate, create new jobs and develop new enterprises is up to us. 

AI New Zealand was launched in July 2017 as a platform to Inform, Support and Showcase New Zealand Companies using Artificial Intelligence. 

There's a massive industry developing here, world first technology being built right on our doorstep, it's amazing and damn exciting. 

Our belief is that over the coming few years AI will play a big role across every industry. And to support that we need events, knowledge sharing and community to explore and maximise each and every new opportunity.

AI New Zealand in partnership with global vendors, local experts, agencies and universities will develop this website to provide the knowledge and resources to start you on your AI journey, we'll host monthly AIHappyHour events and AI Business Conferences

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Here's a snippet from a recent Business Insider Article that addresses the job market debate quite well. This issues is one gaining huge media coverage and one of the first topics of conversation when AI is raised.

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We humans excel at systematizing, mechanizing, and automating. We've done it for ages. It takes human intelligence to automate something, but the automation that results isn't itself "intelligence"-which is something altogether different. Intelligence goes beyond most notions of "creativity" as they tend to be applied by those who get AI wrong every time they talk about it. If a job lost to automation is not replaced with another job, it's lack of human imagination to blame.

Myth: AI is going to kill our jobs - is simply not true.

Ma and Swisher are echoing the rampant hyperbole of business and political commentators and even many technologists-many of whom seem to conflate AI, robotics, machine learning, Big Data, and so on. The most common confusion may be about AI and repetitive tasks. Automation is just computer programming, not AI. When Swisher mentions a future automated Amazon warehouse with only one human, that's not AI.

AI's most important attribute isn't processing scores of data or executing programs-all computers do that-but rather learning to fulfill tasks we humans cannot so we can reach further. It's a partnership: we humans guide AI and learn to ask better questions.

Justin Flitter