How emerging technology is defining the future of New Zealand… and what we can do about it.
AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM
5TH MARCH 2024
In 2024, you can feel the pace of technological development accelerating on a weekly basis - from artificial intelligence to virtual reality, robotics to nanotech, biological enhancement to space exploration - breakthroughs in emerging technologies are arriving into our lives and shaping the future we will live in. Ready or not.
In parallel, the planet is in the midst of an escalating, hypercomplex, interconnected “Polycrisis” of ecological overshoot, geopolitical instability and techno-capital power concentration.
In his new book ⏩Fast Forward Aotearoa, technology futurist Ben Reid explores the key technologies which will shape New Zealand’s future - and the increasingly concentrated control of giant international technology companies - exposing in the process national vulnerabilities stemming from an endemic lack of strategic thinking about technology in our public sector, businesses and education system.
He argues that only by renewed investment in building foresight and technology capability by harnessing the newest, exponentially advancing technologies in collaboration with other aligned nations can these challenges be solved openly and democratically, to secure the future wellbeing and sovereignty of Aotearoa New Zealand’s tangata (people), nga puna ora (ecosystems) and whenua (land).
The book lays out an national technology strategy for New Zealand in the form of "10 missions and 100 technology solutions to ⏩Fast Forward Aotearoa".
The book also includes stunning, high-impact AI-generated images which imagine possible technological futures for New Zealand created by Sam Ragnarsson^AI.
Rapidly advancing technologies are completely reshaping the future of Aotearoa - our country needs to invest NOW in a national-scale, open source technology strategy to ensure we retain agency and can maximise the potential wellbeing of future generations.
Aotearoa’s future will be unlike its past
Small country, big challenges…big opportunities
Surveying the escalating, hypercomplex, interconnected “Polycrisis” of ecological overshoot, geopolitical instability and techno-capital power concentration
The Singularity is… here?
A deep-dive across 17 general and applied technologies shaping the world today
A future history of AI
Ratcheting down energy intensity
Exploring scenarios for how emerging technologies may shape the future
What is “innovation” anyway?
How to fill the technology-shaped hole in Aotearoa’s government and private sector
Getting your thinking caps on
10 missions, 100 technology investments to improve Wellbeing and resilience in Aotearoa