Amy Fletcher
Associate Professor of politics and public policy , Executive Member at AI Fourm

Amy Fletcher

Amy is an Associate Professor of politics and public policy at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  Her research interests include AI and the workplace, anticipatory governance of disruptive technologies, and the social and ethical implications of biotechnology. She works with organizations and community groups to consider alternative pathways to sustainable futures and to develop effective responses to technological change.  She is the Research Editor of the TechCast Global Medicine and Biogenetics portfolio.


Her recent speaking engagements include presentations at the CFA Conference on Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services (2017), the NZ Cognitive Computing for Business Forum (2017), and the SingularityUNZ Summit (2016).  She is a member of the Executive Council of the newly established AI Forum of New Zealand and is Co-Editor of the Politics and Life Sciences Journal. She was born in Huntsville, AL, because her Dad worked on the Moon project as a young engineer, and she has been interested in science, technology, and space exploration since the cradle.



The emerging Smart Society is based on rapid advances in artificial and augmented intelligence. Robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and predictive analytics are just some of the innovations that are destabilizing entire industries.  From agriculture to financial services, we are in a time of economic, political and technological uncertainty. This talk focuses on key issues, trends, and drivers impacting the future of work and on how we can adapt and thrive in this era of disruptive technological change.