It is great to see that New Zealand's leading tech organisations have put together a manifesto of NZ's Digital Future. The report has been sent across all government and focuses on 3 key areas: People, Economy and Government. There are a dozen goals set out including the creation of a dedicated Ministry for the Future which, to be honest, is a cool enough name to make me consider a job there!
They have also made mention of future immigration policies and skills shortages as potentially one of the main inhibitors to the success of this industry in NZ. They do have some balanced suggestions about some short, mid and long-term solutions.
I'm sure we have read and listened to some of the numerous articles mentioning the pace of change of technology at the moment and what that could mean. At times it can be difficult to extract new and clear information from the background noise. I think that having a clear plan and a dedicated body to look at the wide-reaching impacts that these technologies will bring to all of our lives is not just a good idea, it's absolutely crucial.
“The prosperity of New Zealand is inextricably linked to how we embrace our future as a digital nation. “With the convergence of technologies such as fast internet speeds, mobility, big data and cloud computing we are beginning to see a wave of technology change impacting almost every part of society and the economy. “We know that nine percent of the world had a smart phone in 2011; now more than 25 percent are connected to the internet via mobile. In 2008 the average industrial robot cost $500,000. They now cost as little as $20,000. “In 1980, solar power cost $30 per kilowatt in the US, now it is as low as 4c per kW. In 2011, the sensors in an autonomous car cost $350,000; they now cost less than $1,000.