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From Anthropic to Titan - AWS is going big on generative AI

Peter Griffin. 28 September 2023, 9:54 pm

If Microsoft and OpenAI dominated much of the discussion around generative AI as they teamed up on the technology, AWS is ramping up its offerings too.

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Aussie is proposing a national digital ID scheme. An expert weighs the pros and (many more) cons

Erica Mealy. 26 September 2023, 3:31 pm

The Australian Government is proposing a national digital identity scheme that will let people prove their identity without having to share documents such as their passport, drivers licence or Medicar…

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Griffin on Tech: Meta's messaging apps about to go dark  

Peter Griffin. 22 September 2023, 10:17 am

After years of promising to add end to end encryption to all of its messaging platforms, Meta now looks set to move to full encryption by the end of the year.

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TUANZ: Tackle tech skills shortage by attracting diverse talent

Peter Griffin. 21 September 2023, 1:38 pm

The Technology Users Association has called on the next Government to ramp up its efforts to address skills shortages which the tech sector has identified as its key barrier to growth.

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Griffin on Tech: Time to get serious about digital twins and infrastructure

Peter Griffin. 15 September 2023, 11:35 am

Whoever wins the election next month will oversee billions worth of new investment to address our country's infrastructure deficit.

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A breakout year for generative AI - but how is it being used?

Peter Griffin. 12 September 2023, 9:07 am

2023 is not just the breakout year for generative AI technology but has also seen artificial intelligence rise "from a topic relegated to tech employees to a focus of company leaders".

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Griffin on Tech: Hipkins talks up a clean, green tech-driven economy, but is it too little too late?

Peter Griffin. 08 September 2023, 10:10 am

The political parties faced the business community in Auckland this week outlining their plans to breathe new life into a stagnant economy.

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How SaaS start-ups are doing in the midst of the economic downturn

Peter Griffin. 07 September 2023, 2:46 pm

New Zealand software as a service (SaaS) startups have experienced great export success, but how are inflation and soft economic conditions impacting the SaaS market in general?

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Google turns 25: the search engine revolutionised how we access information, but will it survive AI?

Today marks an important milestone in the history of the internet: Google's 25th birthday. With billions of search queries submitted each day, it's difficult to remember how we ever lived without the …

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Griffin on Tech: Digital services and gambling taxes poor substitutes for global tax reform

Peter Griffin. 01 September 2023, 12:39 pm

Digital services and online gambling tax plans are poor substitutes for the larger international tax overhaul the OECD has been working on which aims to create a more equitable tax system globally

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TUANZ: We need a national AI strategy

Peter Griffin. 31 August 2023, 3:43 pm

The Tech Users Association is urging whoever makes up the next Government to put users at the centre of its approach to artificial intelligence.

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Prompt engineering: is being an AI ‘whisperer’ the job of the future or a short-lived fad?

Cameron Shackell. 29 August 2023, 10:59 am

As generative AI settles into the mainstream, growing numbers of courses and certifications are promising entry into the "hot job" of prompt engineering.

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Griffin on Tech: Our small businesses need a bigger digital boost

Peter Griffin. 25 August 2023, 10:47 am

As the pandemic forced us all into lockdown in 2020 and our businesses had to scramble to move their operations online, the Government launched the Digital Boost scheme to help them out.

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Small business worried about AI developments outpacing regulation

Peter Griffin. 24 August 2023, 10:11 am

A global survey of 3,000 small business owners by Xero also shows its own customers are nervous about the pace of advances in AI, particularly with the prospect of generative AI becoming a tool centra…

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ChatGPT and other language AIs are nothing without humans – a sociologist explains how countless hidden people make the magic

John P. Nelson. 22 August 2023, 10:31 am

The media frenzy surrounding ChatGPT has a common theme: large language models herald artificial intelligence that will supersede humanity. But what's the reality?

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Can human moderators ever really rein in harmful online content? New research says yes

Marian-Andrei Rizoiu, Philipp Schneider. 16 August 2023, 10:38 pm

Social media platforms have become the "digital town squares" of our time, enabling communication and the exchange of ideas on a global scale.

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New initiative to boost NZ-India digital links

Peter Griffin. 15 August 2023, 10:50 am

With Indians making up 5% of New Zealand's population and forming a valuable source of skilled IT workers, a new initiative aims to build on linkages between the two countries' digital and tech sector…

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Griffin on Tech: The school cellphone ban is a bad idea

Peter Griffin. 11 August 2023, 9:50 am

While there is evidence pointing to the distraction cellphones cause, and cyberbullying is clearly a toxic trend, the problem is too nuanced for a blanket cellphone ban during the school day.

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Spark’s bid to overhaul the IT service desk

Peter Griffin. 08 August 2023, 11:13 am

It's the moment anyone working in a large organisation dreads - when you can't sort out your tech problem yourself and have to resort to calling the IT service desk for help.

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Griffin on Tech: Building an UpStart Nation, ComCom’s long overdue payments probe

Peter Griffin. 04 August 2023, 11:51 am

From unlocking fintech's potential to boosting our startup sector - we know what needs to be done. But can we get out act together to remove the roadblocks?

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