The role of VR in the classroom, something we should be embracing or not? 

Leveraging technology in the classroom is pretty well documented and understood these days. The need for enhanced digital technology skills and capabilities to be taught to ensure our ākonga (learners) are developing the range of skills they require for their future jobs is also well understood. Here in Aotearoa NZ we have a digital technology curriculum […]

Griffin on Tech: Yet another eye-watering mega merger IT bill comes in

The bill to merge the IT systems of the country’s 16 polytechnics, which now operate as one education super-entity, Te Pūkenga, has been totted up – $285.9 million over four years. Te Pūkenga’s management outlined its IT spending needs as part of a request for additional funding totaling $422.6 million over four years, Pattrick Smellie […]

How not to build a national broadband network

Australia’s National Broadband Network is in trouble, shedding 500 staff to cut costs and with declining subscriber numbers as telcos tout rival 5G wireless broadband services. For years, the differences between the NBN and our own ultrafast broadband (UFB) have been stark, with the Australian effort to extend high-speed internet access to the bulk of […]

How green is our industry really?

I spent the day Wednesday at Massey University campus, an amazing day speaking with faculty and students, many stimulating discussions. They invited me to present on AI and ChatGPT and the opportunities these technologies will create in the near and longer term. After the Q&A, while we were enjoying a pizza lunch, a group of […]

Futurists predict a point where humans and machines become one. But will we see it coming?

Most people are familiar with the deluge of artificial intelligence (AI) apps that seem designed to make us more efficient and creative. We’ve got apps that take text prompts and generate art, and the controversial ChatGPT, which raises serious questions about originality, misinformation and plagiarism. Despite these concerns, AI is becoming ever more pervasive and […]

Web3NZ – the new home for all things Web3 in Aotearoa

It’s been a volatile time for entrepreneurs and investors in the Web3 space, which spans everything from decentralised finance (DeFi) and cryptocurrencies, to non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and distributed autonomous organisations (DAOs). The situation hasn’t been helped by the collapse in quick succession last week of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and Silvergate, three key US […]