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Startup stress: free support on offer for founders
Callaghan Innovation has begun offering free guidance and counselling for founders taking the rollercoaster ride of launching and trying to commercialise a startup company.
Griffin on Tech: Cybersecurity shake-up and a dearth of digital policies
There's not much relating to the digital policy in election pledges so far, but areas like cybersecurity need attention.
DIA issues its guidance on how to use generative AI in the public sector
As infographics go, it won't win any design awards, but many public servants will welcome some official advice on how to test the waters with the new wave of generative AI tools and platforms.
The future of money is digital – but NZ needs a careful framework to prevent the pitfalls of cryptocurrency
New Zealand's central bank is preparing for a future that includes the mainstream use of cryptocurrency.
Griffin on Tech: How much will you pay for a copilot?
Microsoft will charge a hefty $30 per month premium for Copilot features in Microsoft 365. Wall Street loves the potential revenue bump for Microsoft, but how many users will pay up?
Tech job listings take a dive
New Zealand's job listings have "taken a nose dive" according to RCSA, the peak body for recruitment companies, with listings tech-related roles seeing the greatest decline.
Digital divide, data sovereignty, skills development - priorities for Māori tech sector
Māori should be more than "token add-ons", but instead intentionally sought as partners, co-designers, and contributors to New Zealand's tech sector, a new report canvassing views from Māori in tech…
New life for radio astronomy station
New Zealand's tiny community of radioastronomers was dealt a major blow last year when costing cutting at AUT saw its research operations at the Warkworth Satellite Earth Station shut down.
Griffin on Tech: Microsoft’s leg-up from the Govt and the tech bro cage fight
RNZ's Phil Pennington continues to do valuable investigative work using the Official Information Act to shine a light on the inner workings of government, including its use of technology.
With campus numbers plummeting due to online learning, do we need two categories of university degree?
As recent headlines have made clear, New Zealand universities are in an existential crisis for a variety of reasons, including a sharp drop in international student numbers and chronic underfunding.
Hi-Tech Awards: Against the gloom, an upbeat industry looks to the future…
In the modern splendour of Christchurch's Te Pae Convention Centre, the tech sector came together to honour its most successful, impactful and inspiring companies and individuals on Friday.
Griffin on Tech: Gabrielle’s telecoms lessons and the limits of DIY innovation
New reports show the barriers the telecoms industry faced in responding to Cyclone Gabrielle. We need to do better - and quickly.
Griffin on Tech: AI Act progress, Kim's extradition, and women-led start-ups
It's full steam ahead on AI regulation in Europe with members of the EU Parliament passing the draft text of the Artificial Intelligence Act with strong consensus - 499 to 28 votes in favour.
New digital skills initiatives target Māori, Pasifika and the primary sector
Public cloud provider AWS has joined a handful of tech companies in offering digital access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) topics for low-decile intermediate schools.
AI the game changer, but who is allowed to play?
AI: What we don’t want is to have is two games, one benefitting those who have access and one where the game rules punish those who don’t.
Griffin on Tech: ChatGPT bans and the the rise of ‘FedGPT’
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week became the first government department to explicitly ban staff from using ChatGPT.
AI no antidote to healthcare sector woes
With hospitals overwhelmed and patients facing big delays, it's tempting to think that the health sector is a prime candidate to receive a much-needed productivity boost from artificial intelligence.
Digital twin industry effort kicks off
An industry partnership aimed at advancing digital twin technology has launched mirroring efforts across the Tasman to explore how digital twins can be used.
What is a black box? A computer scientist explains what it means when the inner workings of AIs are hidden
The field of explainable AI is working to develop algorithms that, while not necessarily glass box, can be better understood by humans.
Griffin on Tech: Let’s take Sam Altman at his work and regulate AI
The AI Act has the potential to offer a template for countries including New Zealand to begin legislating. The sooner we get moving on that the better.