A summit is kicking off in Christchurch on Monday aiming to educate Kiwis about how rapidly changing technologies will affect their futures.
Hosted by Silicon Valley thinktank SingularityU University, speakers at the three-day conference will discuss artificial intelligence, the energy industry and medicine.
Singularity University's New Zealand ambassador Kaila Colbin says it's a chance to learn from world-class experts.
"The purpose is to help New Zealanders better understand exponentially accelerating technologies, how they're going to impact all of us, and how these technologies can be leveraged to address some of humanity's biggest challenges."
Ms Colbin says artificial intelligence will be a popular topic of discussion and one day of the conference will be about what implications automation has for people.
The summit is taking place at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena.