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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 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…


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…

Low-emissions economy

Climate change policy, technological change and the future o…

6 August 2019

It’s always a big day for the Productivity Commission when the Government announces its response to …

Robots in Japan

Can robots help fund more attractive places to live?

1 August 2019

Robots are going to take our jobs, right?  Well, maybe. The available evidence provides conflicting …

Straight line to the mountains

The perils of straight-line forecasting

24 July 2019

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

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