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Robett Hollis, Cassie Roma and Sarah Hindle on how technology has helped make them a better human

Good tech, bad tech

Robett Hollis, Cassie Roma and Sarah Hindle on how technology has helped make them a better human

Technology often gets a bad rap for the effect it is having on our wellbeing – just look at the Netflix series Black Mirror. If you paid attention to the reports, you might think devices are only transforming us in the worst kind of ways. We’re addicted to our screens and the dopamine hit that comes from each like or comment, the details of our lives being displayed online is making us increasingly anxious, invisible algorithms are swaying our opinions to become more polarised, and on top of all that, tech is making us more isolated and less social than ever. But for all the problems that have arisen, technology is also a medium that can spark magic. For some, it’s helped lessen their effect on the environment. For others, it’s helped them broadcast their ideas to the world. We reached out to a range of people in business and asked them to share how technology has rewired their lives, for the better. Here's Aranui Ventures' Robett Hollis, The Warehouse Group's Cassie Roma and Tech Futures Lab's Sarah Hindle.

Future ready?

The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab founder Frances Valintine reflects on the technological advancements that have happened since 20 years ago, and how much workplaces have transformed in her experience – ultimately, for the better. She also asks the question, what are you waiting for in business? With only 99 days until the year 2020, now is a time to be looking at the past, while also thinking about the future and what ventures you want to tackle.

Future of work

The gig economy is still an unknown concept to many New Zealand companies, and yet the number of people engaging in it continues to rise. Master's candidate at Tech Futures Lab and people and culture director at Simpson Grierson Paula Williams explores what the rise of flexibility in working and the gig economy means for businesses, and how they can be curious, make way for the skills and motivations of the gig worker and have a plan.

Most Innovative Companies

The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies is Tech Futures Lab. Late, great futurist Alvin Toffler called it some time ago: The pace at which technology evolves will one day make it very difficult for workers to stay skilled and relevant in the workplace. That day has surely arrived. Therefore, one can imagine that he would have approved of the Tech Futures Lab, Frances Valintine’s future-focused organisation that hosts training, business coaching and masterclasses, designed to help professionals and organisations to adapt, learn, lead and succeed in this fast-changing world.

Pack your bags

Tech Futures Lab has today launched Digital Suitcase, a global education platform to teach adults – like those whose careers are being disrupted by new technologies they can’t quite wrap their heads around – all about this new tech in a fun, lighthearted way. We talk with Tech Future Lab and the Mind Lab’s Frances Valintine about what inspired her to launch the programme and who it’s intended for.

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James Brown is the general manager for Fintech NZ, a member driven association with the aim of connecting, promoting and advancing the fintech ecosystem in New Zealand. FinTech in New Zealand is growing at 48 percent compared to the global average of 31 percent, which is now our third largest contributor towards GDP. Here's what keeps him up at night.

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Robyn Kamira is the founder and principal of Paua Interface, a technology consulting company, as well as the founder and CEO of Incredible Skies, a drone company, and a board member on the Institute of IT Professionals. She's also a musician that performs Maori music fused with world music, with various instruments occupying the space next to her laptop. Here's what keeps her up at night.