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FutureworkNZ blog

BlogA blog by Commission staff 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. 


How to insure against a workless future

16 September 2019 | Anthony Hall and Dr Nicholas Agar

There are two “expert” messages about the impact of the digital revolution on work that are hard to …


Moon landings, automation fears and commissions of inquiry

26 July 2019 | Dave Heatley

The 50th anniversary of the moon landings got me thinking about 1960s tech and work.

Straight line to the mountains

The perils of straight-line forecasting

24 July 2019 | Dave Heatley

Skills scarcity is great. At least when it’s your skills in demand.

Mt Tasman and Fox Glacier

What to do when forecasts diverge?

17 July 2019 | Dave Heatley

The nice thing about forecasts is that you have so many to choose from.

Beach by Dave Heatley

Is the post-2012 acceleration in automation tech sustainable…

26 June 2019 | Dave Heatley

Can automation tech keep improving at the current rate? 

First, how good is today’s AI-enabled soft…

Hype cycle

Don’t believe the hype

17 May 2019 | Dave Heatley

Predicting technology is the first step towards predicting the labour market impacts of technology. …

Will robots take my job

Job loss predictions – easy to make, hard to trust

13 May 2019 | Dave Heatley

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

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