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Facebook heads to Canada in search of the next big AI advance

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Several leading figures in AI, including LeCun, have studied or taught at Canadian universities. Reinforcement learning builds on deep learning to let machines learn through experimentation. Michael Bowling, a U.S.-born computer scientist who leads a lab at the University of Alberta that has produced cutting-edge poker-playing machines, says the new Facebook lab simply shows that Canada already leads the rest of the world in AI. Indeed, after seeing AI researchers snapped up by big U.S. companies in recent years, Canada may well hope that the environment fostered by new labs, including the one in Montreal, will eventually produce companies that rival the likes of Facebook.


Facebook heads to Canada in search of the next big AI advance

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Several leading figures in AI, including LeCun, have studied or taught at Canadian universities. Reinforcement learning builds on deep learning to let machines learn through experimentation. Michael Bowling, a U.S.-born computer scientist who leads a lab at the University of Alberta that has produced cutting-edge poker-playing machines, says the new Facebook lab simply shows that Canada already leads the rest of the world in AI. Indeed, after seeing AI researchers snapped up by big U.S. companies in recent years, Canada may well hope that the environment fostered by new labs, including the one in Montreal, will eventually produce companies that rival the likes of Facebook.


Google is expanding its DeepMind AI division with research office in Canada

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Its DeepMind subsidiary has announced plans to expand its operations to Canada in order to accommodate the company's ever-growing research initiatives. "It was a big decision for us to open our first non-UK research lab," Hassabis said. "[W]e've had particularly strong links with the UAlberta for many years: nearly a dozen of its outstanding graduates have joined us at DeepMind, and we've sponsored the machine learning lab to provide additional funding for PhDs over the past few years." Over the past year, DeepMind has consistently made headlines with its impressive AlphaGo AI, which has so far wrecked legendary Go players, learned how to improve itself without human input, and sworn to cure cancer.


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Its DeepMind subsidiary has announced plans to expand its operations to Canada in order to accommodate the company's ever-growing research initiatives. "It was a big decision for us to open our first non-UK research lab," Hassabis said. "[W]e've had particularly strong links with the UAlberta for many years: nearly a dozen of its outstanding graduates have joined us at DeepMind, and we've sponsored the machine learning lab to provide additional funding for PhDs over the past few years." Over the past year, DeepMind has consistently made headlines with its impressive AlphaGo AI, which has so far wrecked legendary Go players, learned how to improve itself without human input, and sworn to cure cancer.


Google's next DeepMind AI research lab opens in Canada

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Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence team has been based in the UK ever since it was acquired in 2014. DeepMind has announced that its first international research lab is coming to the Canadian prairie city of Edmonton, Alberta later in July. It only makes sense to set up shop where you already have close allies, especially when the school is at the forefront of AI research. We'd add that the country is no stranger to big companies establishing AI-related research labs.


Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem

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If we sum up all the available numbers for AI research investments (including other government funding like the $93.5M awarded to IVADO by the Canada Research Excellence Fund last September, as well as private funds invested in public or semi-public labs) we end up with close to $500M in funding across the country. Beyond that, when we look up other domains that work hand in hand with AI, such as Big Data, cloud infrastructure and the like, that number grows even higher. What made Silicon Valley's talent pump work up to now was its ecosystem of large firms and venture capital feeding startups, as well as research who in turn generate the innovations to push the large firms forward. With investments from the federal and provincial governments in research, as well as from Big Tech, the Canadian talent pump is growing quickly.


Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem

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If we sum up all the available numbers for AI research investments (including other government funding like the $93.5M awarded to IVADO by the Canada Research Excellence Fund last September, as well as private funds invested in public or semi-public labs) we end up with close to $500M in funding across the country. Beyond that, when we look up other domains that work hand in hand with AI, such as Big Data, cloud infrastructure and the like, that number grows even higher. What made Silicon Valley's talent pump work up to now was its ecosystem of large firms and venture capital feeding startups, as well as research who in turn generate the innovations to push the large firms forward. With investments from the federal and provincial governments in research, as well as from Big Tech, the Canadian talent pump is growing quickly.


Why this Montreal artificial intelligence company just got $135M

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It's equal parts general research lab and startup incubator, with employees working to develop new and improved techniques in artificial intelligence that might not be fully realized for years, while also commercializing products and services that can be sold to clients today. It was co-founded by Yoshua Bengio -- one of the pioneers of a type of AI research called machine learning -- along with entrepreneurs Jean-François Gagné and Nicolas Chapados, and the Canadian venture capital fund Real Ventures. The Series A round was led by Data Collective, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, and included participation by Fidelity Investments Canada, National Bank of Canada, and Real Ventures. In September, the Canadian government announced $213 million in funding for a handful of Montreal universities, while both Google and Microsoft announced expansions of their Montreal AI research groups in recent months alongside investments in local initiatives.


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Not only did the institute get a more than $100 million boost from the government as part of Canada's Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, more than 30 companies invested over $80 million to support Vector's success. It includes the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) and the recently launched Element AI (an artificial intelligence startup factory). If you think of the Canadian technology and innovation sector as a startup company, then Prime Minister Trudeau is the CEO, major universities and incubators are the R&D centers and AI is the business plan. If the vision and business plan to expand Canada's technology hub is right, major tech companies and VCs will start pouring in the money.


Video Solves Mystery of How Narwhals Use Their Tusks

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Behavior captured for the first time on camera shows narwhals using the long tusks protruding from their heads to stun Arctic cod by hitting them, using jagged, quick movements. Laforest, working with officials from the Canadian government, spent time camped in the narwhal's winter habitat. Marianne Marcoux, a research scientist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, noted that drones have been an innovative tool for studying these elusive animals. Because 90 percent of the world's narwhal's can be found in Canadian waters, Laforest stressed the importance of Canadian federal research to identify protected areas and create shipping routes that cause the least amount of disturbance.