CanCon Podcast Ep. 89: Is Canada ready for the Singularity?

David Roberts SingularityU

The singularity is coming! Is Canada ready?

According to the SingularityU Canada Summit last week, the world has at least a dozen accelerating technologies right now, something that has never happened before in human history. But is society prepared for the exponential changes on the horizon, and Canada act “as a platform” to guide them in the 21st century? We spoke with exponential technology expert and former Vice President of Singularity University, David Roberts, about his optimism for the future.

The future is going to contain a lot of AI. But will AI help us become our better selves, or just reflect our darkest timeline back with algorithmic efficiency. AI bias is a thing, because human bias is a thing. The pod leans on a few unbiased journalists and one actual programmer to solve AI’s ethics problem.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; Rob Kenedi, TWG’s General Manager in New York and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – also pitches new Canadian shows for some of that Netflix money.

Have some hot takes on the topics that we 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 89 (10/18/17)

Will Creative Canada replace CanCon?
Netflix wants to ‘set the record straight’ on $500M Canadian deal
It’s The End Of CanCon As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Don’t hold Jesse Brown to his tweetstorms

High Bias
Forget Killer Robots—Bias Is the Real AI Danger
Tech-savvy investigators are ready to put algorithms under the microscope — if companies let them

SingularityU Canada Summit asked us to embrace the exponential
#SUCanSummit: Kindred’s Suzanne Gildert wants to merge with AI
Andreas Antonopolous explains how bitcoin scales trust at #SUCanSummit

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Gimme Your Money Please” by BTO

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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