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


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, 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’.

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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 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.

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