Towards just and resilient supply chains for a digital CBD
Just and resilient supply chains are fundamental to the development of a digital CBD. In order to build digital cities, digital supply chains need to be built first. This report examines the challenges and opportunities through web3 technology to build more resilient, secure and just...
Autonomous weapons systems: New Zealand policy position and approach for international engagement
This document seeks Cabinet agreement on New Zealand's policy position on autonomous weapons systems.
Trusted autonomous systems in healthcare: a policy landscape review
This report draws on both the policy and the academic literature to provide an overview of the issues and challenges identified around the utilisation of autonomous systems in health and care, focusing on issues that are likely to impact the trustworthiness of, and trust in...
Making life richer, easier and healthier: robots, their future and the roles for public policy
Progress in robotics will help to make life easier, richer and healthier. This paper addresses the current and emerging uses and impacts of robots, the mid-term future of robotics and the role of policy.
The impact of artificial intelligence on jobs and work in New Zealand
This report examines the sorts of technologies that are already being deployed across the workforce, or that are likely to be deployed in the near future. The report takes a broad analysis of the nature and value of work, considers issues in the context of...
Labour market impacts of technology change
The aim of this research is to explore the impacts of automation in the New Zealand labour market.
Robots in public spaces: implications for policy design
By reviewing previous public policy approaches to harnessing and regulating disruptive technology, this article considers how public policy could simultaneously enhance opportunities created by the presence of robots in public spaces, and reduce the risks of undesirable outcomes.
The future of agricultural technologies
The adoption of emerging agricultural technology could help to respond to future trends and catalyse the transformational change needed in the agricultural sector, in terms of profitability, sustainability and productivity. The report examines the impacts of nine technologies on the agriculture sector.
Flexible and transportable robotic timber construction platform – TIM
This paper presents a new approach to robotic fabrication in the building industry through the conceptualisation, development and evaluation of a large-scale, transportable and flexible robotic timber construction platform – named TIM.
Measuring value in new health technology assessments: a focus on robotic surgery in public hospitals
This paper draws on the experience of Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) in Queensland and the processes it undertook to purchase the Mako robotic system for hip and knee replacements and how it was implemented into a major public hospital. The case study...
The robots are NOT coming (and why that’s a bad thing …)
This research shows that Australia’s economy is now regressing in its use of new technology, with negative implications for productivity, incomes, and job quality. The report's findings contrast sharply with the common concern that robots and other forms of automation will threaten future job security...
The demographics of automation in Canada: who is at risk?
Just a few years ago, policy-makers became concerned about the prospect of many job-related tasks being automated using advances in robotics and artificial intelligence. In this study, Statistics Canada researchers, Marc Frenette and Kristyn Frank, break new ground, by examining the demographic and employment characteristics...
New Zealanders' attitudes towards robots and AI
Robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have become very newsworthy around the globe (NZPC, 2019). The news coverage is overwhelmingly pessimistic – for individuals and society in general. But does that coverage translate into negative attitudes for the population as a whole?
Digital health devices in the Australian construction industry
This report contributes to the understanding of how digitalisation can improve health and safety within the construction industry by using real-world examples from construction professionals' experiences. It presents benefits resulting from the use of digital health and safety technologies, as well as potential obstacles faced...
Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF): Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence Command and Control Centre - consultation paper
The intended aim of the centre is to support the development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space. This includes robotic operation of on-orbit space assets and automated command, control and management of robotic activities on the Moon or Mars.
Building a globally recognised AgTech ecosystem in Australia
Analysing the relationship between American start-up ecosystems and venture capital investment, and in particular looking at the impact that specialisation can have in building successful ecosystems, such as in St Louis (Missouri), offers insight as to how Australia can catalyse the development of the local...
AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits
Specialist machine learning and narrow AI could help us to start removing the “four Ds” - dirty, dull, difficult, dangerous - from our daily work.
The age of Artificial Intelligence in Aotearoa
This report outlines how artificial intelligence is or could be used in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the risks that need to be managed so that all New Zealanders can prosper in an AI world.
The future of work in America: people and places, today and tomorrow
This report analyzes more than 3,000 US counties and 315 cities and finds they are on sharply different paths. Automation is not happening in a vacuum, and the health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the face of...
Aligning student outcomes with the future of work environment
The push towards digital and automation has disrupted many sectors and traditional workplace models, creating a need for new skills. This demand for new skills however has worked only to widen the gap between what employers are expecting and what universities are providing. This paper...
Transforming Australian manufacturing: preparing businesses and workplaces for Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing Australia’s manufacturing industry. This research, undertaken by PwC, on behalf of Swinburne University, Siemens and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU), identifies the ways in which businesses and workforces must adapt to these changes.
The future of work? Work of the future! On how artificial intelligence, robotics and automation are transforming jobs and the economy in Europe
This report explores the policy choices that AI and robotisation present for the future of labour and puts forward recommendations on addressing these choices. The new digital technologies will have different impacts on jobs in the short and longer term. To grasp the full story...
Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy
This study explores the current digital skills demand and supply situation in Australia’s workforce. The research investigated the skills impact of digitalisation on two industry sectors—transport and logistics, and public safety and correctional services—as well as the wider workforce.
Humans wanted: robots need you Australia
Robot workers replacing human jobs – the debate of the decade. In reality, the opposite looks true. This report in Australia shows more employers than ever (84%) plan to increase or maintain their headcount as a result of automation. Rather than reducing employment opportunities, organisations...
No hands on deck: US and Australian progress in autonomous warfare at sea
This paper argues that as competition with China intensifies, future unmanned warfare can address key strategic and anti-access challenges for the United States, Australia and like-minded partners in the Indo-Pacific.