Idealog podcast

Amazon's Alayna Van Dervort - who works with global organisations on the front lines of AI and machine learning projects in education, environmental advocacy, accessibility, healthcare, wildlife protection, child sex trafficking and global crises - chats about ways artificial intelligence is being used to make the world a better place.

The Echo of Amazon

Smart speakers and digitised helpers have been cited as this year’s big fish in New Zealand - and warring virtual assistants from Amazon's Alexa to Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Samsung Bixby and Microsoft Cortana are hot on the tech scene.

Future of shopping

For the last couple of years, the retail world has been tantalized by rumours of completely automated stores being developed, tested and trialled overseas. Now, these walk-in vending machines have become a credible reality with the launch of the first Amazon Go store in Seattle.

The future is here

For a few days in early January, Las Vegas becomes the centre of the technology universe thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As the world's largest consumer technology show, it stands to reason that there are many incredible products and innovations to be found each year. 

Work smarter, work harder

Everybody wants to talk about Amazon’s arrival into Australia. The online mega-retailer confirmed its launch into Australia in April, and has been preparing to send its operation live ever since. The million-dollar question is, will it cross the Tasman? And how will it affect Kiwi retailers?

Law of the jungle

Predicting the future is hard in any subject; arguably it’s hardest of all in the field of technology. Indeed, as the technology journalist Warren Ellis wisely points out, “it’s best not to get involved in the business of prediction. It’s a quick way to look like an idiot”.