The next time you pull out your smartphone and ask Siri or Google for advice, or chat with a bot online, take pride in knowing that some of the theoretical foundation for that technology was brought to life here in Canada. Indeed, as far back as the early 1980s, key organizations such as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research embarked on groundbreaking work in neural networks and machine learning. Academic pioneers such as Geoffrey Hinton (now a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and an advisor to Google, among others), the University of Montreal's Yoshua Bengio and the University of Alberta's Rich Sutton produced critical research that helped fuel Canada's rise to prominence as a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI). Stephen Piron, co-CEO of Dessa, praises the federal government's efforts at cutting immigration processing timelines for highly skilled foreign workers. Canada now houses three major AI clusters – in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton – that form the backbone of the country's machine-learning ecosystem and support homegrown AI startups.
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.
TORONTO – A dating website is pledging to match Americans who can't live with a Donald Trump presidency to Canadians looking for love, facilitating the pledge often made by U.S. voters to move to Canada if the real estate billionaire is elected. "Maple Match makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency," the Maple Match website reads, before offering a waiting list for interested singles. Trump's bombastic campaign to lead the Republican Party to the November presidential election has alarmed some Americans, both liberals and those in his own party, and the pledge by some to move to Canada if he is elected has gathered steam. In February, the island of Cape Breton on Canada's Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape should Trump capture the White House. The Maple Match website allows users to add their name to a wait list matching dismayed U.S. voters with interested single Canadians, adding "We'll let you know the next steps soon!" Officials with Maple Match did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Chief Executive Joe Goldman told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that more than 10,000 singles and about 2,500 Canadians had signed up for the website's waiting list as of Tuesday morning.
DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned artificial intelligence company, will be moving into a new flagship building in 2020. While a precise date is yet to be determined, the company hopes that the new headquarters – which will feature a double helix staircase descending through a library, a roof garden, lecture theatre and lobby artwork by creatives working with data and artificial intelligence – will be operational in the first half of next year. DeepMind is currently located near to the new site in London's Kings Cross, where it has two floors in the Google building. It also has smaller, satellite offices in Paris, Edmonton, Alberta and Mountain View, California. The new, 11-storey DeepMind headquarters will cement the reputation of the Kings Cross area as London's so-called'knowledge quarter': as well as Google, Facebook has taken office space nearby, as has Samsung.