Māori are at the forefront of indigenous AI, creating new areas of technological and cultural discourse. With deep kete of traditional knowledge, whanau are hosting broad discussions on the future impact of global tech like AI, IoT, Autonomous Driving and Big Data, seeking insight for good and preparing for potential future harm. From Marae wifi initiatives that improve hapu access to the internet to the creation of the Māori Spectrum Commission, which will enable direct Iwi participation in the emerging 5G space, the key focus for Māori is not so much the applications of AI in Aotearoa New Zealand, but the ethical considerations and the lack of Māori input into these conversations.

In this talk, Potaua Biasiny-Tule will discuss and consider examples of tikanga, kawa, tapu, noa and kaitiakitanga and how they apply. The kaupapa of Tikanga AI has a growing body of attention, with CCTV facial recognition initiatives being challenged locally and continuing issues of AI-bias occurring globally. This talk will look at many of these areas, alongside the preservation of te reo Māori through ML/AI adaptation, renewable energy considerations, environmental and demographic modeling, as well as some of the long-term threats, risks and challenges Māori are likely to face.

Potaua Biasiny-Tule is the Founding Director at Digital Basecamp, Rotorua.

This lecture was hosted by the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland.

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Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this lecture reflect the views of the lecturer and not necessarily the views of The Big Q. 

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