'Iwi Algorithm' can grow Aotearoa's mana

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei innovation officer Te Aroha Grace says AI can help to combine the values from different cultures to help grow Aotearoa’s mana and brand – and AI is not just for commercial gain.

He has been working with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to create an ‘Iwi Algorithm’ that will help New Zealanders prioritise cultural value that AI and other technologies bring. 

The algorithm is designed to feed from current data in order to achieve a ‘human or environmental result to ensure long term sustainability and well-being of New Zealand’. The algorithm will then become a crucial starting point for other decisions.

''The opportunity we have from AI is to look after people, society and our environment. This is an alternative view, to support indigenous mana to create uniqueness for Aotearoa,” comments Grace.
While there is a danger that AI will become a tool for capitalism and commercial gain, it’s better used as a tool to generate social, environmental and cultural capital.

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