Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

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Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 27th, 2017 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/facebook-is-the-latest-tech-giant-to-hunt-for-ai-talent-in-canada/ Discussion 1) “Canada’s own schools like Waterloo and… Read more »

Google DeepMind: AI becomes more alien

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Google’s DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine, AlphaGo Zero, to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players.  The combinations available in the game Go number more than there are atoms in the universe making it one of the most complex games out… Read more »

Does Saudi robot citizen have more rights than women?

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Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October.  Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English… Read more »

Researchers say it’s time to crack open AI ‘black boxes’ and look for the biases inside

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Courts, schools and other public agencies that make decisions using artificial intelligence should refrain from using “black box” algorithms that aren’t subject to outside scrutiny, a group of prominent AI researchers says. The concern is that, as algorithms become increasingly responsible for making critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge… Read more »

How may I help you? Virtual Shopping Assistants

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/disruptors_how_may_I_help_you Discussion 1) “In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the shop can come to you.  With the touch of an app button, you hail a low-slung electric vehicle, like a glass-sided motorhome, which quietly glides into… Read more »

Google Clips camera: creepy or fun?

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Google has revealed a small camera that uses artificial intelligence to recognise individuals, and decides when to record short videos by itself. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-41504748/google-clips-camera-creepy-or-fun Discussion 1) Creepy or fun?  And what decides the difference? 2) How might you build a business around this technology?      

‘I’m sorry to hear that’: Why training Siri to be a therapist won’t be easy

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We already turn to our smartphones for help with all sorts of tasks, such as checking the weather or getting directions. But could the next role for your hand-held device be as your therapist? Apple plans to make Siri, its digital assistant, better at responding to people’s mental-health issues — an ambition that has raised serious ethical… Read more »

Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

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To understand the trolley problem, first consider this scenario: You are standing on a bridge. Underneath you, a railroad track divides into a main route and an alternative. On the main route, 50 people are tied to the rails. A trolley rushes under the bridge on the main route, hurtling towards the captives. Fortunately, there’s… Read more »

42% of Canadian jobs at high risk of being affected by automation, new study suggests

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More than 40 per cent of the Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replaced by technology and computers in the next two decades, according to a new report out Wednesday. The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University said in its report that automation previously has been restricted to routine, manual tasks. However, breakthroughs in… Read more »