Will Robots Take My Job?

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In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne of Oxford University published a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation, by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classifier. According… Read more »

Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance

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MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of technology firms. The financial industry has jumped on the bandwagon. To cite just a few examples, “heads of machine-learning” can be found at PwC, a consultancy and… Read more »

Federal budget to spend up to $1 billion on cybersecurity

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Next week’s federal budget is expected to make a significant investment in building up Canada’s cyber defences and encouraging tech firms and talented programmers to work with the federal government, CBC News has learned. Several government sources say up to $1 billion has been requested by federal departments to address a growing number of cybersecurity… Read more »

AIs, oceans and proteins: Ottawa announces winners of $950 million ‘supercluster’ competition

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The Trudeau government has unveiled the winners of a competition to form technology “superclusters” — a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding. The winners are: AI-powered supply chains supercluster. The Quebec-based proposal is focused on defining a global supply-chain platform that will boost artificial intelligence and data science… Read more »

IT Job Satisfaction on the Upswing

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The view of the IT role and worker is changing, and it’s showing in IT job satisfaction levels.   A survey from CompTIA, a training and certification association for channel and IT pros, found that a majority of IT professionals are satisfied with their jobs (79%). Source: Information Week Date: December 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/it-job-satisfaction-on-the-upswing/d/d-id/1330441 Discussion 1) This article… Read more »

Spreading the word: How to promote your online business

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Online businesses now have a wealth of digital tools and techniques at their disposal to help them get noticed in the global marketplace. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 9th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41817559 Discussion 1) The intersection of Management Information Systems and Marketing grows all the time.  Why does it make more sense to study MIS if you… Read more »

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 »

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices

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Born out of a frustration with recruiting within the peninsula-trapped City of San Francisco, Terminal is a platform allowing companies to tap into talent abroad. Starting with campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Vancouver, the startup aims to plant physical flags in as many of the world’s global talent centers as possible. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 27th, 2017 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/16/terminal-makes-it-easy-for-companies-to-open-international-offices/ Discussion 1)… 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 »