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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.

We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas. Please post your comments at the bottom of blog posts. Comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. 

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. 

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon platform fire

Debunking fallacies – couldn’t say it better myself

30 January 2020

Our technological change and the future of work inquiry has turned the hose on some burning platform…


Will there still be Santa?

20 December 2019

I’ve got some bad news about Santa Claus. The North Pole may be far, but it’s not too far to avoid t…


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…

Carl Benedikt Frey

Into the Frey

14 October 2019

If you’ve read anything about technological change and the future of work – or even if you’ve just G…

Bolt and Nut Australia

The nuts and bolts of automation

9 September 2019

Many, many things affect whether a firm will adopt a technology, and whether this adoption will be s…


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…

Seed cleaner

Why hang on to old tech?

21 August 2019

As the opening chords of Country Calendar play, feel-good nostalgia for rural New Zealand washes ove…


When tech does things humans never could

15 August 2019

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

Mystere Martin

Which technologies drive concern over the future of work?

24 June 2019

Biotech. Nanotech. Cleantech. Gene tech. Cloud computing tech. Successive waves of technological cha…

Will robots take my job

Job loss predictions – easy to make, hard to trust

13 May 2019

This graphic caught my eye. It accompanies the article Robots and Us in today’s Otago Daily Times.

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