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Navigating the Future of Work: The Impact of AI on Maori and Pasifika Communities

The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a significant impact on the way we work, and this trend is only set to continue in the future.

by Joey Nanai  I     21 January 2023


As AI technology becomes more advanced, it is likely to change the nature of many jobs, and the way we think about work.

For Maori and Pasifika people, the impact of AI on the future of work is likely to be both positive and negative. On one hand, AI has the potential to create new job opportunities and improve the efficiency of existing ones. For example, industries such as healthcare and transportation will likely benefit from the use of AI, creating new job opportunities for Maori and Pasifika people.

On the other hand, there is also the possibility that AI will automate certain jobs, leading to job losses and a shift in the types of jobs available. Some jobs that are repetitive and require a high degree of manual labor may become at risk of automation, which could have a significant impact on Maori and Pasifika people who are over-represented in those types of jobs.

However, it's important to note that the impact of AI on the future of work will not only affect the Maori and Pasifika people, but all people around the world. Therefore, it's important for everyone to be aware of the potential impact of AI and to start thinking about how to adapt to this changing landscape.

One way to do this is by investing in education and training programs that will help people develop the skills needed to thrive in a future where AI is more prevalent. This can include learning how to work with AI technology, as well as developing skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative thinking.

Another important aspect to consider is the representation of Maori and Pasifika people in the field of AI itself. This includes not only having a diverse workforce in AI-related jobs but also making sure that the technology is developed with the needs and perspectives of diverse communities in mind. This can include things like making sure that the data used to train AI algorithms is diverse and that the technology is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all.

In addition, the government and private sector should work together to create policies that promote diversity and inclusivity in the field of AI. This can include things like providing funding for educational programs that increase diversity in the field and creating initiatives that encourage underrepresented groups to pursue careers in AI.

It's also important for Maori and Pasifika communities to be aware of the potential impact of AI and to actively engage in discussions about the future of work. By staying informed and being a part of the conversation, we can ensure that our voices are heard and that our communities are well-prepared for the changes that AI will bring.

Overall, the rise of AI will bring changes to the future of work, but with the right skills and approach, Maori and Pasifika people can make the most of the opportunities that AI presents and ensure that our communities thrive in the future.

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