University of Calgary launches wearable tech program as demand for graduates explodes

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As the director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic, Reed Ferber noticed something way back in 2009. “Runners were using wearable technology — the Nike chip was the first type of wearable technology. They were not going on their runs if they forgot their device at home,” Ferber said. “So [I realized] these… Read more »

Alberta adds 406 seats to train students in face of projected tech worker shortage

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Hundreds more Alberta students will be able to study in tech-related fields this year, after the province announced it was adding 406 additional seats at post-secondary schools. “We all know that Albertans need access to high-quality opportunities to succeed in the tech sector,” said Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. “Because of our efforts, 406 more… Read more »

Technology consultants reduce risk as businesses adapt, grow

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ATG  Missoula, a technology consulting firm, recently announced in the Missoula Current that it is moving to the Old Sawmill District. ATG Missoula started a little over seven years ago with just two employees in a conference room near Red’s Bar. Today, it has over 135 employees who need their own building. A recent search of LinkedIn showed… Read more »

Elon Musk personally hires 2 Newfoundland interns who solved problems at Tesla factory

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Two young students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate personally hired them to come work for his company. Mark Comeau and Matthew Lane both studied engineering at CNA and MUN, and landed work placements at Tesla, which makes electric vehicles, battery packs and solar panels…. Read more »

For hire: American tech brains choosing Canada

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For decades, Canada has tried to stop top graduates in the so-called STEM fields of science, tech, engineering and math from heading elsewhere for work, mainly to the US. Have the country’s immigration policies and emerging tech scene – with some help from US politics – managed to compensate for the “brain drain”? In 2016,… Read more »

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 »