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The focus throughout the day at Go North was not so much on the technology itself, but rather the larger implications it will have on society.
Darrell MacMullin, CEO of Goldmoney Network, says trust does not move at the same speed as technology and should fit into a startup’s strategy.
Five leaders of Canada’s AI research community have written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking the Canadian government to take a stand against weaponizing AI.
Though the world could probably use a few more machine learning experts, there are a lot of non-programming specialists whose expertise could directly benefit ML models.
“It is important that Canadians help shape this revolutionary technology,” said Trudeau.
China is the world’s second-largest investor in AI after the US — 66% of AI investments in 2016 were in US-based companies.
A startup named Embodied Intelligence is one of a crop of new ventures tackling this problem. It’s formed from researchers from the Elon Musk-backed AI lab OpenAI and the University of Berkeley, and has $7 million in venture capital funding to get it started.
Accern’s data science platform consolidates a variety of actionable analytics from more than 300 million websites, social media outlets such as Twitter, proprietary data (including SEC filings), and premium financial news data sources into a single newsfeed.
Canada cannot compete with America in research funding. Instead, it has made a virtue of limited resources, developing an alternative model of innovation based on openness to unorthodox ideas.
“AI is only going to go into applications that we allow it to go into… it’s in its infancy,” Krzanich said at Web Summit.