Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions - The Globe and Mail


The Order of Canada marks its 50th anniversary this year with 99 new appointments on its Canada Day honours list, including renowned figures from the fields of law, government, entertainment and sport, as well as Canadians whose contributions are less widely known. Dionne Brand is a former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist. A former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist, Dionne Brand has built her life and career around thinking and writing about Canada's relationship with race and immigration. Joyce Churchill's son, Stephen, was 21 years old when the province of Newfoundland agreed to provide money for an early intervention program for children with autism.

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017


Alain Colmerauer, a French computer scientist and a father of the logic programming language Prolog, passed away on May 15 at the age of 76. He earned a degree in computer science from the Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology) in 1963, and a doctorate in the discipline in 1967 from the École nationale supérieure d'informatique et de mathématiques appliquées de Grenoble, which is part of the Institut. He was promoted in 1979 to Professeur 1ère classe (Full Professor), and in 1988 to Professeur classe exceptionnelle (University Professor). From 1993 to 1995, he was Head of the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Marseille (LIM), a joint laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the University de Provence and the University de la Mediterranee.

Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. - 05/03/2016


In their study, the researchers examined four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008, including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

DANIEL BOBROW Obituary: DANIEL BOBROW's Obituary by the New York Times.

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Daniel (Danny) Bobrow passed away peacefully at home with his wife Toni and daughters Kimberly and Deborah in Palo Alto, California, on March 20, 2017, having bravely fought a five-month battle with cancer. A pioneer with a long and distinguished research career in Artificial Intelligence as a Research Fellow in the System Sciences Laboratory of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he is remembered as a mentor, friend, and role model for many. Danny served as president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), president of the Cognitive Science Society, editor-in-chief of the Artificial Intelligence Journal, and also was a recipient of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award and a fellow of both the ACM and AAAI. Danny is survived by his wife, Toni Wagner Bobrow; his children, Kimberly Bobrow Jennery, Deborah Bobrow, and Jordan Bobrow; and his brothers, Michael Bobrow, Robert (Rusty) Bobrow, and Eric Bobrow.

Mystery 911 'ghost' calls blamed for deaths in the US

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Kenneth Arrow, Nobel-Winning Economist Whose Influence Spanned Decades, Dies at 95

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In a theorem of stunning generality, Professor Arrow proved that no system of majority voting worked satisfactorily according to a carefully articulated definition of "satisfactory" (which social scientists generally accept). Professor Arrow's research opened the academic field of social choice -- a literature that ranges from countries picking presidents to corporate boards picking business strategies. But Professor Arrow and his co-authors extended the Walrasian system to capture important complexities, like the fact that markets exist well into the future, posing risk for consumers and producers. Professor Arrow proved that their system of equations mathematically cohere: Prices exist that bring all markets into simultaneous equilibrium (whereby every item produced at the equilibrium price would be voluntarily purchased).

George A. Miller dies at 92; psychologist helped lead cognitive science revolution - The Washington Post

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UPDATE 4-Science fiction author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

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NEW YORK, June 6 Ray Bradbury, a giant of American literature who helped popularize science fiction with poetic, cerebral works such as "The Martian Chronicles," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Bradbury brought not only futuristic vision but literary sensibilities to his more than 500 works published including "Fahrenheit 451," a classic dystopian novel about book censorship in a future society, and other favorites such as "The Illustrated Man" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." As a science fiction writer, Bradbury said he did not want to predict the future -- but sometimes wanted to prevent it. He did not go to college, instead educating himself by spending hours reading in libraries, and began writing for pulp magazines.

Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73

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Mr. Scheinman, starting as a graduate student at Stanford University, developed a robotic arm that allowed the use of robotics in industry to leap forward. He received a bachelor's degree in Course 16 aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, a master's and engineer degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a certificate from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Scheinman married his first wife, Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil, in 1978, and they had two children, Tenaya and David. Mr. Scheinman is survived by his wife, Sandra Jean Auerback, whom he married in 2006; former wife Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil of Woodside; children David Scheinman of Menlo Park and Tenaya Scheinman of Seattle; and brother, Dr.

John McCarthy, artificial intelligence pioneer, dies at age 84

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Mashable reports that McCarthy was also one of the first people to propose "selling computing power through a utility business model," in 1961. While the idea didn't gain much traction at the time, it's now coming back in a big way with the use of grid and cloud computing. But McCarthy's most widely-read work is likely his proposal for artificial intelligence, presented at Dartmouth in 1955, in which he wrote that "every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it." Below, watch as Stanford's Andrew Ng shows McCarthy's ideas come to life: