CanCon Podcast Ep. 50: Can Canada build an AI supercluster?

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This week, as it reaches an arbitrary milestone, the CanCon podcast turns towards the next technology frontier, Artificial Intelligence.

In an article published this past week, Canadian AI leaders Jordan Jacobs, Tomi Poutanen, Richard Zemel, Geoffrey Hinton and Ed Clark argue that Canada should be investing in a modern state of the art facility to advance AI research within the country. The article was released only a few days before the CBC published a poll indicating where Canadians want to see their tax dollars spent. Is an AI supercluster on the bill for Canada, and what exactly are the repurcussions?

In a world where connectivity is everything, France has passed a new law mandating that employees have the right to disconnect from their emails outside of working hours The law is being left up to the interpretation of individual companies, which has the CanCon team wondering if something similar cold fly in Canada.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Rob Kenedi – TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – weigh the pros and cons of our future robot overlords and try to figure out if anyone outside of the Canadian tech bubble gives a what about the ‘new economy’.

Have some hot takes on the topics that were covered? Maybe you want to suggest something for a future podcast! Perhaps you have a burning question about something you read in tech news that we didn’t cover. Email us, post a comment below with the answer or question, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your thoughts there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 50 (01/13/17)

AI is the (terrifying) future
AI is the future and Canada must seize it
Microsoft acquires Montreal based AI startup Maluuba

You’ve got to fight for the right
France’s ‘right to disconnect’ is a nice idea, but it’s also pretty vague

On a budget
Poll suggests Canadians favour spending tax dollars on traditional rather than high-tech infrastructure

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “A conversation between two robots” by The Superfantastics

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.