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Canada Artificial Intelligence News - December 2023

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

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Editor's picks for December 2023

๐Ÿ‘ U of T researchers find AI models trained on 5% of data performed about same as those trained on100% of data. Full story

๐Ÿค” KPMG Canada study reveals that 22% of Canadians say they use AI to help them do their job. Full story

๐Ÿค” Cisco study reveals 9% of Canadian organizations prepared to deploy AI, compared to the global average of 14% and USA average of 18%. Full story

๐Ÿค” Walmart Canada launches AI assistant to perform employee-related tasks such as drafting content, summarizing documents, and meeting notes. Full story

๐Ÿ‘ Ontario government to introduce legislation that will require employers to disclose if they used AI during hiring process. Full story

๐Ÿ‘ Canada one of 18 countries to sign 'Guidelines for Secure AI System Development' to support AI sytems that are secure by design. Full story

๐Ÿ‘ Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a robotic arm with artificial intelligence that is trained to kill cancer. Full story

๐Ÿ‘ Whale Seeker, TerraSense, and Transport Canada collaborating on AI to help preserve the endangered North Atlantic right whales in the St-Lawrence River. Full story

๐Ÿค” University of Alberta professor and reinforcement learning pioneer Richard Sutton is launching a new AI research institute with funding from Huawei. Full story

Select international stories

๐Ÿ‘ EU agrees landmark deal on regulation of artificial intelligence. Full story

๐Ÿค” US calls for voluntary restraints on the development and deployment of AI-enabled autonomous weapons. Full story

๐Ÿค” Google launches Geminiโ€”a powerful AI model it says can surpass GPT-4. Full story

Breakthroughs, investments, and awards

๐Ÿ† Yoshua Bengio awarded Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, worth up to $1M. Full story

๐Ÿ’ฒ Microsoft will invest USD$500 million in expanding its hyperscale cloud computing and AI infrastructure in Quebec over the next two years. Full story

๐Ÿ’ฒ Thomson Reuters has announced plans to invest more than US$100 million a year in generative artificial intelligence. Full story

๐Ÿ† Georges Kaddoum at ร‰TS has won a Mitacs Award for AI-driven wireless networks innovation. Full story

๐Ÿ“ฆ Unilever Canada recognized for using AI to ensure the right product is in the right place, at the right time, in the right packaging. Full story

๐Ÿ† For the second year in a row, RBC has ranked in top 3 for AI maturity among 50 global financial institutions in the Evident AI Index. Full story

Governance, ethics, and regulation

๐Ÿ‘ New AI technologies push Health Canada to modernize Its medical device pre-market guidance framework. Full story

Public and higher education

๐Ÿ‘ Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustees emphasize need to get on top of the use of ChatGPT in the education system. Full story

Sustainability, oceans, and agriculture

๐Ÿ˜ A PhD candidate in the School of Public Health Sciences at Waterloo is applying AI/ML to predict health outcomes based on exposure to air pollution. Full story

๐ŸŒŠ New research co-authored by a University of Victoria oceanographer claims to have developed an AI/ML model that can predict rogue waves. Full story

๐ŸŒฟ Companies from across Canada's food protein sector have partnered to develop new AI to improve quality of Canadaโ€™s protein crops and ingredients. Full story

Healthcare and life sciences

๐Ÿ‘ BioTwin getting $425K CAD from NRC IRAP program to develop virtual twin technology which uses metabolomic profiles to predict early cancer. Full story

Business, startups, and public sector

๐Ÿ‘ Public Service union to launch online skills development tool to assist members in adapting to workplace impacted by AI/ML. Full story

๐Ÿ“ฆ The Smart Structures Lab at UBC has developed AI-augmented robots that can lift and move objects, transport materials, and monitor site safety. Full story

๐Ÿšง Ontario-based RSG International, RedBit Development, and Queenโ€™s University student club to develop AI models to evolve the road building and construction. Full story

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