Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of complex and powerful technologies that will touch or transform every sector and industry in Canada. It has the power to help us address some of our most challenging problems, from improving Canadians’ health to fighting climate change. It will also introduce new sources of job creation and sustainable economic growth. Canada has already started harnessing AI through the AI supercluster, based in Montréal.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the launch of the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. This is the next step in the Government of Canada’scomprehensive approach to supporting this important new sector. The Minister announced the creation of the Council while in Paris for the G7 meeting of Digital Ministers. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Building Digital Trust Together.” Participants will reflect on the parameters required to foster innovation while building trust in digital societies and economies.
The council will advise the Government of Canada on how best to build on Canada’s AI strengths, identify opportunities to create economic growth that benefits all Canadians and ensure that AI advancements reflect Canadian values. The Government is committed to promoting a human-centric approach to AI, grounded in human rights, transparency and openness. These values will ensure that we can increase trust and accountability in AI while protecting our democratic values, processes and institutions.
Specifically, the council will establish a working group on commercializing value from Canadian-owned AI and data analytics, building on the work started by the Digital Industries Economic Strategy Table. It will also provide advice on how best to advance the goals laid out in the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence and will support Canada’s participation in various international engagements such as the G7, the G20, the OECD and the World Economic Forum.
The advisory council will be co-chaired by Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer for the Royal Bank of Canada, and Yoshua Bengio, Scientific Director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.
Members of the advisory council also include:
- Pierre Boivin, President and CEO, Claridge
- Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Finn AI
- Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and Political Theory, Université de Montréal
- Eli Fathi, Co-Founder and CEO, MindBridge Analytics Inc.
- Geoffrey Hinton, Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
- Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, University of Ottawa
- Jordan Kyriakidis, Co-Founder and CEO, QRA Corp.
- AJung Moon, Director, Open Roboethics Institute
- Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
- Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa
- Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
- Richard Sutton, Chief Science Advisor, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
- Geneviève Tanguay, Vice President of Emerging Technologies, National Research Council Canada
“Artificial intelligence is more than just a new product or service. It has the potential to help us solve some of the most difficult challenges we face, create jobs and growth across all industries, and improve the lives of all Canadians. The advisory council will help us capitalize on Canada’s leadership in AI in ways that upholds Canadian values of inclusiveness and diversity so that all Canadians can participate in and benefit from the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Artificial intelligence has enormous potential to help us design the responsive digital services that Canadians demand, but it must be used ethically and responsibly. The Advisory Council on Artificial intelligence will give us essential expertise from across industry, academia and government to make sure we use AI in a way that is transparent, deliberate and accountable.”
– The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
- Canada has a strong foundation in AI to build on, with strengths in science, skills and talent, and clusters, as well as a thriving start-up ecosystem. Canada is home to more than 800 AI companies, and the number of Canadian AI start-ups is growing by approximately 28% year over year.
- Artificial intelligence is an important contributor to Canada’s economy. In 2018, $548 million in venture capital was invested in Canadian AI companies, an increase of approximately 50% from 2017. As well, Canadian job opportunities in the field of AI grew by nearly 500% between June 2015 and June 2017.
- The government selected five superclusters that represent more than 450 businesses, 60 postsecondary institutions and 180 other participants. These superclusters are all planning to support projects that will promote the development or use of AI in their respective industries. The AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) will be the supercluster with the biggest focus on AI, undertaking activities to develop next-generation AI-powered supply chain platforms and create over 16,000 jobs for Canadians.
- The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy supports AI research and talent attraction and retention in Canada, promotes collaboration between Canada’s main centres of AI expertise, and positions Canada as a leading destination for companies in this sector.
- The Government of Canada’s support for the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence will be led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Privy Council Office, as well as other federal departments and partners.
- On November 22, 2018, at the Digital 9 Summit in Israel, Canada and the other D9 member nations agreed on a shared approach to the responsible implementation and use of AI by governments.
- Terms of Reference of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
- Biographies of the members of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
Find more services and information at Canada.ca/ISED.
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Malta AIBC Summit secures largest crowd for 2019
6000+ to attend Europe’s premier event for blockchain, AI, and emerging tech
Malta AI & Blockchain Summit will be Europe’s largest event for the blockchain, AI, and emerging tech sectors, it was today confirmed by events company SiGMA Group – the team behind the forward-looking business technology expo. More than 6000 are expected to attend the show, taking place on 7th and 8th November at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.
Many delegates will likely be attending the various conferences and workshops at AIBC Summit, which have always been extremely popular. Headline topics will include the Future of Fintech, Business and Emerging Tech, Innovation, and of course, Regulation. Leading the discussions will be Joseph Muscat (Malta Prime Minister), Silvio Schembri (Malta Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation), Anthony Pompliano, AKON, Ian Balina, Matt Greenspan, Yorick Wilks, David Orban, Miko Matsumura, Grace Rachman, Tim Draper, Virgil Griffith, and Alfio Bardolla.
In addition to this enviable schedule of engaging content, the AI Start-up pitch will highlight 10 of the best Start-ups at the conference (there will be 100 or more in the Start-up village). Each of these 10 companies will pitch their concepts and services to a panel of judges, with one set to win a business-supporting package for the year.
The AIBC Awards on 7th November will be a glittering celebration of the best of the best in the worlds of AI, blockchain, tokenisation, robotics, IoT, and more. A charity event will wrap up the evening, with the intention of raising a 5 figure sum for the SiGMA Foundation’s global activities to help those in need.
Finally, this year’s show also adds glitz and glamour to the proceedings, courtesy of Grammy Awards-winning artist Akon, who will be delivering a keynote on the main stage about his West African AKOIN project, as well as performing at the extravagant closing night on Friday 8th November.
Eman Pulis, CEO & founder of SiGMA Group and AIBC Summit, said, “We’re so excited to bring this third edition of AIBC Summit to fruition in November. Alongside the latest government initiatives to further establish Malta as Europe’s leading hub for technology, our wider Malta Week activity will develop the synergy between the blockchain and medical cannabis sectors, offering a profitable new direction for smart DLT investors. It’s set to be a busy but successful week for everyone!”
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Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a bi-annual expo covering topics relating to the global sectors for blockchain, AI, Big Data, IoT, and Quantum technologies. The event includes conferences hosted by globally renowned speakers, workshops for industry learning and discussion, an exhibit space accommodating more than 400 brands and much more.
The first Malta Blockchain Summit took place in November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians, Malta, attracting 8,500 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide, with 300 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 speakers, and No. 1 AI VIP (Sophia the world’s first robot citizen). With strong support from the Maltese government, the event has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for the growing sectors of AI, Blockchain and DLT, IoT, and other vertical industries. At the 2018 event the Maltese government introduced 3 new bills to support the growth of the sector and promoting Malta as the “Blockchain Island”.
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How Technology Is Tackling Environmental Challenges
Technology is quickly changing the way in which us humans live, talk, work, and react with the world around us. The speed in which technology is being produced shows that there are no limitations to what can be achieved. With the development of devices that are able to work independently and mimic the action of humans, such technology can aid, enhance and conduct necessary actions. With the health of the planet in detrimental condition, can the latest advances in technology be used to aid and support the reclining health of the world?
The hunt for new development and smarter ways of living, is continually being researched. With man-made technology unable to replace the world’s ecosystem, it can, however, play a crucial role in environmental degradation. Technology can change the way in which human’s identify, track and value what the environment provides, hopefully helping to slow down climate change that is occurring rapidly around us.
Below are some of the most recent advances in technology and how they too can be used to help save the environment and make a positive change.
Artificial Intelligence tracking
It may be hard to believe that animals and the habitats in which they live can make a huge difference to the health of the world we live in. Through the deforestation of the Amazon and the reduced number of wildlife that call this environment their home, the breakdown of the species living within the rainforest is severe, as they all play a part in keeping our ecological system alive and healthy.
One thing that is evident to everyone, however, is the fast-moving breakdown and extinction of animals all around the world, with more than 10,00 species becoming extinct each year, due to human activity such as deforestation or poaching.
However, there is hope on the horizon. With advancements being made within Artificial Intelligence, there is a high chance that the technology will be able to track animals within their natural habitats. This will not only allow us to study the exciting and private lives of various animals, but also locate and pinpoint their exact location before deforestation and hunting can occur.
Being able to track the species at all times will avoid the death of so many important animals, while helping our ecosystem stay alive and well for the health of the world around us.
Renewable Energy Sourcing
One of the most significant ways that technology can contribute to saving the environment is through the creation of a sustainable energy source.
With the inventory of fossil fuels running low, the need to find a green and environmentally friendly substitute is important, more so than ever before.
Generating energy with the use of technology is a far more flexible and eco-friendly way of powering the ever growing world. Although a long process, when it comes to developing systems that work, finding the correct location, is equally as important. Energy Procurement, such as wind turbines and solar panels, are already two popular forms of technology that can be used to help generate energy. Realistically, more renewable energy options are needed in order to reduce and replace the use of fossil fuels altogether.
Sustainable energy sources work by using the sun, wind and even the tides. All natural sources whose energy can be harnessed to generate and power industries, while helping to nurture the health of the surrounding environment.
Thermal Cameras To Combat Poaching
The poaching of animals has drastically become a sport and form of income for many people around the world. The killing of animals, whether for their fur, tusks or skin sometimes can be the only form of income for many poachers and has become a big industry in East Asia, but also Africa. Although not always conducted out of pleasure, the poaching of animals has caused an effect on the surrounding environment, by removing a key part in the natural hierarchy. All animals, no matter how big or how small, all play a role in feeding and caring for the earth. By taking away this process, it can reduce their impact on both the ecosystem, but also their role in the nitrogen cycle.
Technology, however, is being used to help capture poachers and diminishing the trade that comes as a consequence of poaching. The way in which technology can be used, is by rangers using thermal imaging to help identify the criminals in the dark and catching and intercepting before they are able to conduct their wicked crimes.
Through the ability of being able to see in the dark, without this useful tool, rangers would not be able to closely inspect individuals within nature reserves, and the rate of animal deaths would increase drastically.
Cleaning Land And Oceans
One of the biggest challenges that the world has placed on itself is the production of waste and where it stores it. With our homes overrun with plastic, it is often unnecessarily used to store and transport products, such as food and clothing. With the population not sticking to the recycling rules nor making a conscious effort to reduce their plastic waste, more and more waste each year is finding itself in both landfills and in the ocean.
With a high volume of plastic waste making its way into the oceans, the surrounding ecosystems are being quickly damaged, from the chemicals emitted from the plastic, but also from the animals ingesting the rubbish.
An example of technology being used to help tackle the ever growing problem of plastic waste in our wide oceans and one example can be seen as the Dutch organisation “Ocean Cleanup”.
Ocean Cleanup, a non-profitable organisation have created a device that can sail itself 600 meters into the pacific, while making sure that it picks up as much plastic waste as possible, removing it from the ocean. The technology this group created, is propelled by the wave and wind power in order to continuously have the energy to help propel and function the boat.
Aside from this invention, designers are trying to find innovative ways to reuse the waste produced every day, helping to prevent it from washing up on our beaches or finding its way in the stomachs of large sea mammals.
With the environment under an intense amount of pressure, the future health of the Earth looks uncertain. However, continual advances are being made in technology, where these developments can be used to help support and nurture the environment.
With devices already created to help stop deforestation, extinction and saving the environment from waste; there is no limitations of what other developments could be created through the rise of technology advancements, helping to save the planet further.
The challenges created in the environment have quickly become too powerful for humans to control, so technology is needed more so now than ever, in order to tackle these issues in haste.
As a population, while we wait for these advances in technology to be created, we can all make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste and damage that we create to the surrounding environment. Whether it be monitoring the amount of unnecessary plastic that we use, to taking time out of our day to walk instead of driving. By making small changes in our routine, we too can help tackle small environmental challenges within our everyday lives.
About the author: Sydney Tierney just recently finished her studies; is working her way into the world of content writing as a digital marketing assistant. She writes for clients that specialise in workstations, wedding bands and energy procurement
Kaon Interactive Adds Five Multi-Billion-Dollar Revenue Clients to Its Enterprise Roster
Kaon Interactive, the leading provider of 3D interactive marketing and sales applications for global B2B brands, today announced the continued global growth in adoption of its Kaon High Velocity Marketing Platform®, including the recent addition of five new multi-billion-dollar enterprise clients. Kaon’s high-impact sales and marketing applications help global B2B companies more effectively communicate why their products/solutions are more valuable, across the entire buyers’ journey. Kaon’s solutions drive sustained increases in sales and reduced marketing costs, leading Kaon to be named one of the Most Reputable Companies in the country by The Silicon Review.
With a consistent double-digit percentage growth in revenue year-over-year, Kaon Interactive continues to expand its relationships with existing clients and extend its distinguished list of visionary clients, including a sizable portfolio of Global 500 companies. Each company has asked Kaon to create, deploy, and maintain a diverse range of sales and marketing applications that include interactive storytelling, 3D product tours, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences.
New customers include:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) – a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered, pay-as-you-go basis.
- Förch – one of Europe’s leading direct selling companies for workshop, installation, and fastening products for trade and industrial companies.
- Entegris – provides solutions that purify, protect and transport critical materials used in the semiconductor manufacturing process.
- Nokia – develops and delivers the only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally, including IP routers, optical transport, and SD-WAN technology.
- Juniper Networks – a leader in secure, AI-driven networks for Service Providers, Cloud Providers and Enterprise Customers, delivering industry-leading networking, automation, cloud software, and security solutions.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployed Kaon’s application on interactive touch appliances at AWS re: Invent to show the breadth and depth of its Global Cloud Infrastructure story. The effectiveness was evidenced by more than 1,200 interactions at the show. Shortly thereafter, AWS added the application to its website, generating an increase of 180,000 interactions in the first week alone.
In addition to its growing client roster, Kaon Interactive was also recognized among “The 30 Most Reputable Companies” by The Silicon Review, the world’s most trusted online and print community for business professionals. The recognition speaks to Kaon’s continued dedication to innovative sales and marketing solutions that move the needle.
“As people and companies have changed how they consume information and make buying decisions, marketers have had to adapt quickly,” said Dana Drissel, Vice President of Marketing at Kaon Interactive. “This rapid pace of change has made traditional sales and marketing tactics obsolete. Kaon’s growth is directly tied to our ability to help customers achieve digital transformation and innovation in how they engage with customers. We focus on delivering sustained value for our clients over the long term, so we’re honored to be recognized by The Silicon Review as one of the most reputable companies in the country.”
About Kaon Interactive
Kaon Interactive is a B2B software company. Kaon’s interactive sales and marketing applications simplify complex product and solution stories in a visually engaging way anywhere, anytime, turning prospects into customers. The company’s interactive 3D sales and marketing applications transform product and solution marketing content into visual storytelling experiences to deepen customer engagement, reduce marketing expenses and accelerate the sales cycle. More than 5,000 Kaon Interactive applications are being used worldwide at trade shows, remote sales demonstrations, product launches, executive briefing centers, and websites by leading global product manufacturing companies. For more information about Kaon, visit www.kaon.com.
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