This whitepaper discusses current AI capabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand and offers recommendations for establishing Aotearoa New Zealand as a research centre of excellence and trust in AI.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is profoundly changing how we live and work. The cumulative impact of AI
is likely to be comparable to other transformative technologies such as electricity or the internet.
As a result, it is imperative that we take a strategic approach to realising the potential benefits offered
by AI and to protecting people against the potential risks.
In this whitepaper, we discuss current AI capabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand and offer recommendations for establishing Aotearoa New Zealand as a research centre of excellence and trust in AI. Our discussion is informed and guided by the framework for developing a national AI strategy set out by the World Economic Forum.
It is important to invest in AI imbued with characteristics and values important for Aotearoa New Zealand such as sustainability, fairness, equality, data sovereignty, Te Tiriti obligations, multiculturalism, intergenerational thinking, people and whānau first, and holistic thinking. Otherwise, we risk being relegated to users of overseas technologies developed by countries with different values.
Our vision is that by 2030, Aotearoa New Zealand will have a community of cutting-edge companies producing and exporting AI technologies, supported by a strong network of researchers involved in high level fundamental and applied research