Vaughn Davis

Vaughn Davis

The robots are coming

Big businesses and government departments are using AI to learn from our behaviour, better understand our needs and desires, and deliver us offers we can’t resist. Should banks feel threatened for when it starts being used by people to make personal decisions? Maybe, says Vaughn Davis.


In a nondescript hangar at Whangarei Airport, a bunch of Very Clever Chaps have built a million-dollar helicopter simulator out of a tsunami-damaged Japanese plane and a collection of off-the-shelf computer gear. Idealog columnist and aviation editor Vaughn Davis overcame his prejudices against helicopters and headed north to see just how the Northland Emergency Services Trust did it.