Speaking today at Solve at MIT, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the best way to deal with the accelerating pace of profound changes in the world is to step up and help to influence how those changes unfold. Solve at MIT is the annual flagship meeting of Solve, which challenges teams around the world to come up with solutions to great challenges facing society. People can be afraid of the changes being wrought by new technologies and an increasingly global and diverse society, and try to cling to past ways, "or else we can decide to shape the change," he said. "That's what's happening here at MIT, and it's also very much the mindset we take in Canada, and it's the mindset we need around the world." He added that "there are going to be tremendous shifts, so let's be part of it.
E-commerce company Etsy announced today that it will open a new artificial intelligence research and development center in Toronto, Canada. The company broke the news yesterday during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York City. Etsy's third Machine Learning Center of Excellence, which follows on the heels of its Brooklyn and San Francisco locations, will play host to leading figures from local universities and Toronto's "deep pool of world-class machine learning talent," according to a statement. It will also aid in the company's efforts to recruit machine learning engineers. According to Etsy, the Canadian e-commerce market's growth was a deciding factor.
This post outlines the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) opportunity for Microsoft partners in Canada. In March of 2017, the Canadian government announced a $125 million investment in artificial intelligence. The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (what a name!) strives to position Canada as a world leader in AI. These dollars will help attract and retain top academic talent and promote collaboration amongst AI teams. "Technology is changing fast, and with it comes opportunity.
Montreal-based Element AI has compiled a report and analysis on the global supply of AI researchers in an effort to get a better understanding of an industry in high demand. Overall, the report found that there are 22,064 PhD-educated researchers globally that are capable of working in AI research and applications, with only 3,074 candidates currently looking for work. The US had the highest concentration of researchers with 9,010 researchers, followed by the UK with 1,861 researchers. Canada fell in third place with 1,154 researchers. To conduct the broader survey, Element AI used results from LinkedIn searches that showed the total number of profiles according to specialized parameters.
Over the course of the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become recognized as one of the keys to solving some of the world's most complex issues, unlocking a level of growth and innovation that has never been seen before. Governments across the globe are now shifting gear, actively designing investment approaches, incentives and discussing regulatory frameworks to help their nations maintain a top spot in this emerging industry. And much like global counterparts, Canadian policy makers and industries are grappling with the challenge of regulating without stifling innovation. AI was a central focus at the 2017 annual business of AI conference hosted by Rotman's Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a Canadian accelerator that builds AI-powered startups. At the conference, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the following about AI: "Let's be part of it and help shape it, and let's make sure we're benefiting from the innovations – in both the designing of them and the applications and the jobs."
Microsoft plans to significantly expand its Montreal research lab and has hired a renowned artificial intelligence expert, Geoffrey Gordon, to be the lab's new research director. The company said Wednesday that it hopes to double the size of Microsoft Research Montreal within the next two years, to as many as 75 technical experts. The expansion comes as Montreal is becoming a worldwide hub for groundbreaking work in the fields of machine learning and deep learning, which are core to AI advances. "Montreal is really one of the most exciting places in AI right now," said Jennifer Chayes, a technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft Research New England, New York City and Montreal. In a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed Microsoft's ongoing investment in Canada and the expansion of the Montreal lab, including Gordon's hiring.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is of great interest to the research world today, potentially driving innovative problem-solving. Both the federal and provincial governments have imagined this potential. The Ontario government has invested in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a flagship of its development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to make Ontario a source of high-quality professionals and to attract an industrial base of the information technology (IT) and the AI sectors. The Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science is also commissioning a report to develop a provincial strategy.
Suicide is the second most common cause of death in people between the ages of 10 and 19 in Canada. Despite the country's preventative efforts, the number of suicides continues to grow year after year. Existing efforts include increased funding for suicide research, new mental wellness educational programs, and human-assisted monitoring of national suicide statistics. Though these efforts provide an important foundation for preventing suicide in Canada, it's clear additional tactics are needed to save more lives. This is where the predictive and scalable capabilities of AI could offer assistance.