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Canada, France, UK launch research workshops exploring societal implications of Artificial Intelligence

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CIFAR, in partnership with the the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has launched a series of international AI & Society research workshops to examine the economic, ethical, policy and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society.

As AI technologies become more integrated into daily life through digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, their responsible and ethical development is a pressing concern. The new workshops, set to take place from June 2019 to June 2020 across CanadaFrance and the UK, will build on international collaborations and bring together perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, law, engineering and computer science as well as policy, business and civil society. The interdisciplinary groups will explore how AI will impact different populations and sectors.

Administered and managed by CIFAR with support from CNRS and UKRI, the workshops explore the global implications of AI on a range of topics – from future conflicts in the Arctic and societal trust in AI systems to how AI may impact the practice of medicine. Each workshop will also produce a non-technical publication with insights for policy-makers in the public and private sectors as well as the public. The eight workshops were carefully selected after a three-month adjudication process. Each workshop will receive up to CAD$50,000 for a total combined commitment of CAD$400,000 from all three organizations for this joint call.

“The strength of these workshops is their interdisciplinary, international and cross-sectoral perspectives” says Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and CEO of CIFAR. “AI is being adopted around the world. It’s critical that we develop new ways to understand what the implications are across populations, sectors and disciplines. CIFAR is thrilled to partner with France and the UK to advance understanding on AI in society.”

This new initiative is the second stream of workshops realized through CIFAR’s AI & Society program, which was launched in 2017. The AI & Society program is a key pillar of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, a $125 millioninvestment from the Government of Canada with the goal of supporting Canada’s leadership in machine learning research and training.

For Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of the CNRS, “it is essential to strive to analyse and better understand the potential ethical, social, legal or economic repercussions of artificial intelligence. The CNRS is happy to join forces with the CIFAR and UKRI to contribute to the reflection around these issues.”

“The potential of artificial intelligence is reaching all areas of society and business, so it is crucial that we give due consideration to the social and ethical implications of their greater use,” says UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport. “The workshops announced today, in partnership with CIFAR and CNRS, will make an important contribution to exploring the impact of artificial intelligence, and generate insights that will inform policy, business and the public.”

The full list of workshops and proposal teams is available here.

 

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Converge Technology Solutions Announces Appointment of Mr. Ralph Garcea to Board of Directors

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Converge Technology Solutions Corp. (“Converge” or “the Company“) (TSXV:CTS) (FSE:0ZB) (OTCQX: CTSDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ralph Garcea as an independent director of the Company, effective immediately. The addition of Mr. Garcea will bring the Converge Board of Directors to a total of five individuals, four of whom are considered independent.

Mr. Garcea was a top-ranked research analyst, well regarded for his knowledge of Canadian technology, gaming and industrial companies, having received top three rankings in the past from Brendan WoodsGreenwich, Starmine, and Thomson Reuters surveys. Mr. Garcea has more than 22 years of experience in senior positions at both major and boutique investment dealers in Canada. He is the current managing partner and co-founder of Focus Merchant Group, a boutique advisory firm offering a full range of financial advisory services including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, RTO/IPO advice, valuations, fairness opinions and board of director selections.

“We are pleased to welcome Ralph Garcea to our Board of Directors, given his extensive capital markets experience in the technology sector,” stated Gordon McMillan, Chairman of the Board of Converge. “Ralph’s unique insight and experience will be instrumental as we continue to implement Converge’s strategic business plan.”

Mr. Garcea holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. (Honours) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

 

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For the Third Year in a Row, Sabio Takes Top Honor in Best Use of Mobile Technology Category at the Pollie Awards

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Sabio, the media and technology company behind App Science®, a proprietary machine learning platform that pairs observations of consumer behavior to corresponding data that inform marketing decisions, today announced it was recognized as the Pollie Awards Best Use of Mobile Technology category winner for the third year in a row.

The Pollie Awards recognize the leaders, innovators and exceptional work within the political communications and public affairs industries.

Commenting on the win, Joe Camacho, CMO of Sabio stated, “We are thrilled to be recognized for our public affairs industry work by this prestigious award. These award wins further validates the capabilities of our App Science® technology to consistently deliver the campaign winning support that political candidates need.”

App Science® can be used to target and deliver custom ads with unique technological features that resonate with today’s voters and uses Artificial Intelligence to find the right voters and target them at the right moment with the latest creative capabilities.

For a Republican Congressional campaign, Sabio used its proprietary App Science® technology to target registered Republicans, analyze the mobile behaviors of those voters such as the types of apps they use, to identify center-right leaning registered Independents and Democrats that can potentially swing a tight election. Sabio also incorporated animation and a mobile devices touch and gyroscopic technology to create custom ads that included an election day reminder feature that added the date to their phone’s calendar.

The main goal was to reach the candidate’s most likely voters with a compelling ad that utilized the latest technologies to identify, target, persuade, and remind them about the upcoming midterm election and to get them to the polls with compelling and cost efficient media. By utilizing its proprietary App Science® technology in combination with innovative custom ads that resonated with voters, Sabio helped the campaign reach more voters with fewer dollars and contributed to the nominee’s win.

The Pollie Awards and Conference is hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants and is one of the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communications and public affairs industries. The conference and awards ceremony was held in Napa, California in early April.

 

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ParallelDots Wins the Tech4Future Grand Challenge Powered by Invest India and SoftBank Group

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ParallelDots, Inc., an artificial intelligence company, has won the Tech4Future Grand Challenge powered by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and Invest India. The company has received a cash prize of USD 50,000. SoftBank has also invited ParallelDots for an incubation opportunity for 2-3 months in Japan.

The Tech4Future challenge was launched in November 2018 aimed at identifying the most promising Indian startups in the domain of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, facial recognition and cyber security sectors. A total of 300 startups applied for the challenge. ParallelDots’ Chief Executive Officer, Angam Parashar attributes the company’s success to the strong research and development capabilities of ParallelDots which is constantly pushing the boundaries of its retail AI platform, Karna AI.

Karna AI provides an image recognition solution to CPGs and Retailers to track key shelf KPIs such as share of shelf (SOS), planogram compliance and out of stock (OOS).

Ankit Narayan Singh, CTO at ParallelDots, said, “This recognition is a testament to the immense effort put by our machine learning engineers to create SKU detection algorithm that needs just one sample image to train. Our research work has been published in top AI conferences like NIPS, ISBI and NAACL.”

ParallelDots revenue has grown 5x in the last 12 months with a global clientele spread across multiple geographies including the United StatesEuropeSoutheast Asia and India. The company has raised $2 Mn from Multipoint Capital and hopes to break even by the end of 2019.

 

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