CanCon Podcast Ep. 94: Can Canada be a leader against killer AI?

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For weeks now, we’ve been covering Amazon’s incursion into Canada, from the retail giant’s lobbying efforts to the fever dream proposals for HQ2. Today, we’re actually able to talk about Amazon’s tech, as a bevvy of products has finally found its way north of the border. Which ones should Canadians care most about?

For a year, Canada has been trumpeting our AI talent to anyone who will listen, with a great response from the global tech giants, notably Microsoft and Google. Now, Canada’s AI talent is petitioning the Prime Minister to take a leadership role in banning killer AI. Can a government that’s been promoting the resources “between our ears” make a case to the world that they shouldn’t be used for autonomous murder-machines?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor; 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 – as it rolls through oodles of new Amazon tech launches in Canada before asking you to sign its AI petition.

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 94 (11/20/17)

Amazon brings their game to Canada
Amazon Prime Video now available on Xbox in Canada
Amazon Prime Music now in Canada
Amazon Canada launches pre-orders for 2nd Gen Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus
Ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Amazon Alexa functionality is coming to Canada
Here are all the Amazon Alexa skills coming to Canada
Here’s a full list of devices supporting Amazon’s Alexa in Canada

Killer AI
Canadian AI researchers urge Canadian Government to pursue a global ban on developing killer AI

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “No Hands” by Attica Riots

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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