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 »

U.S. tech talent may be eyeing Ottawa over Toronto for jobs

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American tech workers looking for jobs north of the border find Ottawa, a government town once voted the ‘most boring city’ in Canada, more appealing than Toronto. Source: Toronto Star Date: October 13, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/10/03/us-tech-talent-may-be-eyeing-ottawa-over-toronto-for-jobs.html Discussion 1) What does Ottowa have to offer techies? 2) The article suggests immigration reform in the U.S. is driving some of… Read more »

Would we have seen the proliferation of ‘stalkerware’ if there were more women in tech?

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Stalkerware is on the rise in the consumer market, and its explosive growth is indicative of the troubling lack of diversity in the tech development world.  When development teams are homogeneous, we see the proliferation of online tools with dangerous consequences. Source: CBC Technology News Date: May 31st, 2017 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/stalkerware-goes-mainstream-1.4136640 Discussion 1) “Diversity on tech teams isn’t… Read more »

We sold our home to build a social network

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The Hughes family in Manchester have quit their jobs and put everything they own into building a social network aimed solely at sports fans. But can they take on the giants?  “We see ourselves sitting at the top table with the big boys,” says father Perry Hughes confidently.  “We don’t think we’re taking on the… Read more »

Rise of the machines: Bank of Canada warns of automation’s side effects

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Policy-makers need to prepare for the negatives like income inequality brought on by conditions that could help workers whose skills are complemented by innovations and those whose tasks are replaced by machines. Source: Toronto Star Date: April 21st, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/04/18/rise-of-the-machines-bank-of-canada-warns-of-automations-side-effects.html Discussion 1) Technology will bring “painful side effects like job losses and greater income inequality.”  What, if… Read more »

‘Girls in STEM’ culture is failing both girls and STEM

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Source: Toronto Star Date: March 24th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/03/23/girls-in-stem-culture-is-failing-both-girls-and-stem.html Discussion 1) This article has a pretty dystopian view on the field of computer science.   Management Information Systems is very different indeed from computer science.  In what ways? 2) Employment opportunities for women doing MIS (at least at the University of Montana from where I write these blogs)… Read more »

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

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WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only… Read more »