Ports of automation: where Auckland went wrong

That same year, I was running a business that had many transport companies for customers, including the largest in NZ. In the course of that business, we often heard concerns about the (in)efficiency of POAL. Remember this is all nearly ten years ago. Fast forward to June 2022 and Port of Tauranga is still the […]

From Gravity to Ghostbusters: Film festival to showcase women in STEM

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 June 2022, 10:02 am Auckland techies and cinephiles are in for a treat in July as a week-long film festival kicks off with a focus on strong female leads in science and innovation-themed movies. The festival runs from July 1 to July 7 and is hosted by the Association for Women […]

Monday news in brief (June 20th)

Victoria MacLennan. 20 June 2022, 10:28 pm I missed my update last Monday, I was home sick thinking it might be Covid but it turned out to be a common cold – touch wood I still haven’t joined the thousands of New Zealanders who have experienced Covid19. I also heard last week that as a […]

Griffin’s Gadgets: Tell me exactly how my biometrics are being used

Peter Griffin, Editor. 17 June 2022, 2:35 pm I recently met a man whose job is to buy the beer and wine sold at one of Wellington’s largest supermarkets. It’s a role with many obvious perks, but one big downside – accounting for the inventory lost to shoplifting, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of […]

Growing the industry: Retaining Staff

Victoria MacLennan. 16 June 2022, 11:35 pm The Hi Tech Awards held an alumni event this week, a day of informative panels, discussions and networking. One of the standout panels for me was “Keeping the corporate raiders at bay” focused on how to retain staff in these uniquely challenging times – in terms of talent […]

Uncompetitive: NZ is slipping on global benchmarks

Peter Griffin, Editor. 16 June 2022, 10:41 am New Zealand has suffered the biggest drop in rankings among 63 nations compared on measures of their competitiveness, including in technology, science and business productivity. The 2022 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, sees Denmark take the lead for the first time with the top ten list dominated by […]

Have the leading AI companies become a victim of their own hype?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 14 June 2022, 10:17 am The media hype over a Google engineer’s belief that the company’s AI chatbot has become sentient has been widely slammed by AI experts. The transcripts of chat conversations engineer Blake Lemoine had with the LaMDA developed within Google have caused a media and social media sensation and […]

Welcome to your digital sidekick – AI-powered automation in the office

Peter Griffin, Editor. 09 June 2022, 2:03 pm We’ve heard a lot in recent years about using software to automate mundane and repetitive tasks – the wave of automation that is supposed to free up humans to do more fulfilling work. A whole field called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has emerged to automatically process invoices, […]