Posted by & filed under Tech Transfer.

In May 2017, Uber announced it had hired a renowned University of Toronto professor to lead a Toronto-based team that develops autonomous car technology.

The ride-hailing company also pledged $5 million for the university’s brand new Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

While the move drew praise from academics, others derided the notion that taxpayers should pay the salary of a professor whose intellectual property (IP) would go to a foreign corporation.

“The Canadian government has in fact been funding AI (artificial intelligence) research for over three decades,” Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry, told The Canadian Press in an email.

“The problem is that it all it went to foreign multinationals who now charge Canada for the use of technology that our taxpayers paid for.”

Source: CBC News

Date: February 7th, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/artificial-intelligence-funding-canada-commercialization-1.5009458

Discussion

1) Do both sides have a good point?

2) How important is it for the Canadian government to fund research before technology transfer?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing.

A story of digital transformation: Accenture assists Carlsberg in cloud transition image

Jakob From, vice president of transformation, operation and CIO, Western Europe, at Carlsberg said: “We had the opportunity to make a major change because the maintenance contracts for our data centre infrastructure were up for renewal.

“The goal of the project was to create a foundation for our entire IT infrastructure. Carlsberg has existed for 171 years, and we must also be here 171 years more.”

Source: Information Age

Date: February 7th, 2019

Link: https://www.information-age.com/accenture-carlsberg-digital-transformation-123478550/

Discussion

1) What might a “digital transformation” involve for a company that makes beer globally?

2) “Carlsberg’s main driver in their transformation was the transition of their technology infrastructure to public cloud, to help them be digitally enabled.”  Why does a beer maker need to be “digitally enabled”?

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A Lake Barrington homeowner hasn’t had a restful night’s sleep in 10 days, after he said his Nest home security cameras and thermostats were accessed by malicious hackers.

“I couldn’t believe that these devices that I had put up in my home to watch over it, my family, were now being used against me,” said Arjun Sud.

Sud tells NBC 5 Investigates that shortly after he and his wife put their 7-month-old son to bed on Jan. 20, they heard a strange noise coming from inside the nursery.

“Right as I approached the baby’s room, I heard a deep voice talking to him,” Sud said.

Source: NBC news

Date: February 7th, 2019

Link: https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/My-Blood-Ran-Cold-as-Smart-Cameras-Thermostat-Hacked-Homeowner-Says-505113061.html

Discussion

1) What devices do you have in your home that could be hacked in this way?

2) What SHOULD manufacturers be doing to stop this?

Posted by & filed under Artificial intelligence.

Oil tankers at sea

For a long time, being out at sea meant being out of sight and out of reach.

And all kinds of shenanigans went on as a result – countries secretly selling oil and other goods to countries they’re not supposed to under international sanctions rules, for example, not to mention piracy and kidnapping.

The problem is that captains can easily switch off the current way of tracking ships, called the Automatic Identification System (AIS), hiding their location.

But now thousands of surveillance satellites have been launched into space, and artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to the images they take.

There’s no longer anywhere for such ships to hide.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: February 4th, 2019

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47046979

Discussion

1) How might this technology/system be used to improve the type of food we eat?

2) How might this technology/system be used to improve the clothes we wear?

Posted by & filed under Remote working.

Imagine this: You finish your work for the day, press “Send” to email files to your boss, then lean back in your chair, toss your feet up, and gaze out at the turquoise water and white sand beach.

And no, it’s not a screen saver.

Untethered to a desk, a commute, or a mortgage, digital nomads use technology to work remotely, earning a living while they travel the world.

Source: CBC News

Date: February 1st, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/digital-nomads-ramona-pringle-1.4997566

Discussion

1) “destinations around the world, from Chiang Mai, Thailand, to Medellin, Colombia, have become hubs for digital nomads, attracting “location-independent” freelancing travellers with an attractive combination of temperate climates, breathtaking scenery, reliable Wi-Fi, co-working spaces and a low cost of living.”   Why is this not an option for most people graduating from business school?

2) “People think they need to be a developer or overly tech savvy, but that’s not true,” says Smith. “It really comes down to learning how to think in a different way … it takes a lot of hard work, but it’s possible.”   What sort of “different thinking” is needed?

3) How can remote working be useful in Canada?

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Phoenix Bruneau began playing video games when he was five.

“I really like video games and it’s been a big part of my life,” he says.

Now 14, he plays video games, such as League of Legends, about 20 hours a week. In the summertime, when school’s out, he’ll sometimes practise 35 hours a week.

Source: CBC News

Date: February 1st, 2019

Link (includes video): https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/esports-program-launches-at-montreal-high-school-for-aspiring-pro-gamers-1.4987114

Discussion

1) “eathlete”.  Should that even be a term?

2) Online gaming is set to be bigger than regular sports.  Why?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Privacy.

Julian Ranger

Ever since the world wide web went public in 1993, we have traded our personal data in return for free services from the tech giants. Now a growing number of start-ups think it’s about time we took control of our own data and even started making money from it. But do we care enough to bother?

Source: BBC Business

Date: January 31st, 2019

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47027072

Discussion

1) Why is that almost everyone doesn’t “care enough to bother” about their own, personal data?

2) Are free services ever really free?

Posted by & filed under Cybersecurity, Ethical Issues, Huawei.

Huawei

A lot of people are talking about Huawei – and not just because they make really well reviewed, top-end phones.

The Chinese company is in pretty hot water in various places, because certain people believe they are using their tech to spy on people – something the company totally denies.

There’s a court case against Huawei taking place in the US right now.

And other countries all over the world are losing faith in this tech giant due to security fears.

But although it can be quite hard to care about the ins and outs of a technology company on the other side of the planet – you might be worried about your handset or whether to buy a new Huawei.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: January 31st, 2019

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47041341

Discussion

1) Why is the comment that “it can be quite hard to care about the ins and outs of a technology company on the other side of the planet” not correct for anyone doing business today?

2) How might you test whether or not a Huawei phone is spying on you, or not?

Posted by & filed under blockchain, fraud.

A B.C. honey producer may hold the key to helping Canada fight back against honey fraud.

In the last fiscal year, more than 23 per cent of imported honey products tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency contained additives, despite being labelled pure.

The agency found the honey had been diluted with rice and corn syrups.

Chilliwack beekeeper Peter Awram’s family has been in the business since the 1970s and he says the industry is becoming less lucrative.

So Awram is taking honey fraud into his own hands by creating a database to track honey in hopes it will help take the fake stuff off the shelves.

Source: CBC News

Date: January 24th, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/a-b-c-solution-to-taking-the-sting-out-of-honey-fraud-1.4990684

Discussion

1) How might a database help honey fraud?

2) Blockchain allows for a publicly available, impossible to change, ledger where you can trace from source to customer a product like honey. How would that work?

Posted by & filed under China, Cybersecurity.

huawei

The US-China tension over Huawei is leaving telecommunications companies around the world at a crossroad, but one spoke out last week. Telus, one of Canada’s largest phone companies showed support for its Chinese partner despite a global backlash against Huawei over cybersecurity threats.

Source: Tech Crunch

Date: January 24th, 2019

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/20/telus-backs-huawei/

Discussion

1) Do you know what the issue the U.S., Canadian, and other countries around the world are having with China’s Huawei?

2) How could the Canadian government ensure that technology from Huawei actually is “reliable”?