Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for cellphone plans, but a new report argues there are good reasons for it.
Published by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), a pro-free-market think-tank, the report takes aim at a 2017 wireless price-comparison study, commissioned by the federal government and completed by consulting firm Nordicity.
The annual study found that — once again — Canada’s cellphone rates rank among the highest out of eight countries surveyed.
MEI claims the study is “simplistic and misleading” because it ignores factors that can inflate prices, such as Canada’s geographical barriers and the investments that Canadian telco have made to provide superior wireless services.
Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.
CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality.
A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters.
The data available online is staggering. More than 20% of Americans were using Twitter at the time of the study – and each Tweet is timestamped and geocoded, offering precise information on the time and place that particular terms entered conversations.
The researcher behind the study, Jack Grieve at the University of Birmingham, UK, analysed more than 980 million Tweets in total – consisting of 8.9 billion words – posted between October 2013 and November 2014, and spanning 3,075 of the 3,108 US counties.
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, after six years in California working as a software engineer at LinkedIn, Vikram Rangnekar was itching to launch a startup.
India-born Rangnekar was eyeing a move to Singapore – where he founded his first startup – or trying somewhere new like Berlin. He couldn’t see himself launching his project in San Francisco with his H-1B visa.
1) “Getting permanent residency, public-funded healthcare and living in the middle of Canada’s tech capital gave me the freedom and courage to explore that option.” What is it about these things that give someone “courage”?
2) “even as policy makers made moves to attract highly skilled immigrants, there still aren’t enough people to fill the demand.” It seems clear that there are not enough skilled workers in the tech field. What are you doing to become “in demand”?
Canada’s two largest airlines say artificial intelligence can be a game-changer for aviation by helping to boost revenues, pare costs and provide passengers with a more personalized travel experience.
Air Canada and WestJet are joining airlines around the world by spending undisclosed amounts of money on AI in an effort to harness technology that promises revolutionary advantages for both carriers and passengers.
When you feel unwell, could Googling your symptoms make you feel sicker? According to a new study, it might.
You have probably heard of the placebo effect: a patient or test subject is given a pill with no medicinal effect, but they end up feeling better because they believed, or were told, that it was a real treatment.
Well, it turns out the placebo effect has an evil twin. Researchers call it the nocebo effect.
“Nocebo is kind of the opposite” of placebo, Dr. Baiju Shah, a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, told The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti.
We are all familiar with physical, industrial robots, but what about robots that work in offices? In fact, they are already taking up posts around the world alongside their human counterparts. What opportunities does the Virtual Workforce present, and why are organisations choosing them to facilitate better service, faster growth and to react more quickly to market opportunities? This talk examines the art of the possible and how a Virtual Workforce can increase both the job satisfaction of human workers and transform the way that enterprises and global service providers deliver value. David Moss is CTO and Co-founder of Blue Prism Limited, a UK tech company formed in 2001 to pursue the dream of delivering the vision of robotics into the oce environment. David is a technologist and thought leader in the Robotic Process Automation movement and a pioneer in the creation of the Virtual Workforce concept.
1) Robotic Process Automation is the next step in productivity enhancement brought about by technology. What is the key issue here about robots replacing humans?
2) Why has it taken (and continues to take) so long to get robots (automation) into the service industry whereas it has been around for decades (arguably since the late 1800s) in the industrial setting?