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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. 

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Is this the future of work?

14 April 2020

Like us, most of you will be at home, keeping to your bubbles, isolating from others and maybe worki…


Can Kiwis be better chameleons?

25 February 2020

To succeed in an unpredictable and changing world, adaptability is the key. Let’s be chameleons. Tec…


Decisions, decisions…

5 February 2020

In my last post, I talked about how the rough and tumble of reallocation led to productivity growth,…


It’s all in the mix

3 February 2020

In our first four draft reports, the Commission focused on questions like:

Is technology progress a…

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…


From sewing machinist to software programmer

16 December 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this popular prediction – about two-thirds of children enterin…

Tiny home

Is NZ short of equity capital?

11 December 2019

Low business investment is a problem for tech adoption.  Interest rates don’t provide a convincing e…


Why aren’t NZ businesses investing?

9 December 2019

Crazily low interest rates but NZ businesses are not investing. Why not?

It’s an important question…

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Too much (investment) screen time?

23 September 2019

Is this the reason why New Zealand doesn’t feature more prominently on global business and investmen…


How to insure against a workless future

16 September 2019

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


Shocks to the system

11 September 2019

As a small country that’s far away from most of the world, it’s not surprising that many have worrie…


From Richard Pearse to the koru club

26 August 2019

There’s a long lag between invention and any labour market effects from the mass adoption of technol…


When tech does things humans never could

15 August 2019

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

Technological change

Is tech change really accelerating?

7 August 2019

Accelerating or decelerating? Just about all the media commentary about the future of work says that…

Beach by Dave Heatley

Is the post-2012 acceleration in automation tech sustainable…

26 June 2019

Can automation tech keep improving at the current rate? 

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

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…

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