Collaboration and creativity important for future
A lifelong love of theatre is the driving force for Marsden Old Girl and 2016 Hall of Fame laureate, Victoria Spackman, who has recently become the first director of Wellington's Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity. Victoria has spent over 15 years working in film and television and has been involved in theatre her whole life. In 2016 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to film, theatre and television.
Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity brings together the creative technologies and applied arts programmes of WelTec and Whitireia under one roof, encouraging students to collaborate and work across disciplines, perhaps mixing barbering skills with VR (virtual reality), or journalism with digital design.
Victoria believes we should embrace the rise of Artifical Intelligence (AI), rather than fear it. And while it may sound like science fiction, the truth is that AI and machine learning technologies will have a huge impact on the future of work in New Zealand, with some jobs and tasks almost certainly set to be automated. The most fundamental impact will be to create more jobs that require creativity, emotional intelligence and the ability to collaborate. AI will do this by performing the most time-consuming and repetitive tasks that currently take up much of our time and energy.
It's already happening. Graphic designers use AI to learn what kind of images perform best, rather than wading through thousands of options themselves. Marketers use it to follow up leads or find new ones, freeing up time for them to build rapport with new clients. Writers use it to cut down on research and proofreading time. Lawyers use it to analyse documents. The list goes on, and almost every industry is affected.
"None of us can predict what kind of jobs we'll have in 30, 20, even 10 years. But one thing appears clear. The good jobs of the future will be about the things that happen between humans, those sparks of creativity and collaboration, those delicate face-to-face negotiations, that simple recognition in someone's eyes that your idea has clicked. It is these skills we need to teach the next generation of New Zealanders."
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The good jobs of the future will be about the things that happen between humans, those sparks of creativity and collaboration, those delicate face-to-face negotiations, that simple recognition in someone's eyes that your idea has clicked.
Victoria Spackman, 2018