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BlogA blog by Commission staff

This was set up to generate ideas and promote debate for our Technological change and the future of work inquiry.

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About the blog

The Commission has completed its inquiry into Technological change and the future of work. Thanks to everyone who read and commented on this blog! Read the final inquiry report and recommendations to Government here. 


Will Dalek chilly bins conquer the last mile?

16 October 2019

In Berkeley, California last week I met the Kiwibots – a tribe of 4-wheeled robots about the size of…


Culturally diverse AI could enrich children’s learning

2 October 2019

I love the bold and colourful marae at Te Papa Tongarewa. The space is made up of a marae ātea (plac…


Biased algorithms – a good or bad thing?

2 October 2019

Fears of social problems accompany any new technology. Not just new problems, as technology can re-i…

Map without NZ

Left off the map – again!

26 September 2019

This is a slide from Professor Richard Baldwin’s presentation about his new book The Globotics Uphea…

Tech and productivity over time

New Zealand, technology and productivity

12 September 2019

The first of the Productivity Commission’s reports on technological change and the future of work is…


Robots and frozen vegetables

22 August 2019

Freezing 500 tonnes of vegetables a day, most days of the year. That makes for a significant manufac…


When tech does things humans never could

15 August 2019

Technological progress need not eliminate jobs; automation can allow new and expanded worthwhile act…

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