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Canada Artificial Intelligence News - April 2023

Updated: Aug 26

The Ask AI news roundup highlights recent innovations, investments, and breakthroughs from the Canadian artificial intelligence sector.

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Breakthroughs & Kudos

💻 A new study led by Western University neuroimaging expert Marieke Mur explores why computers have yet to master human-like visual recognition. Full story

Governance & Society

🚨 Yoshua Bengio, one of the 'Godfathers of AI' has called for a pause on the technology that he helped to create. Full story

🧑‍💻 Brenda Benson, a grade 12 teacher at Ontario's Pickering College in Newmarket has come up with a plan to assess homework done with the chatbot's help. Full story

🫢 Nicholas Walker, a teacher at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal is using detection software to find out if ChatGPT is doing students' assignments for them. Full story

🧑‍🏫 A high school in Medicine Hat, Alberta is adopting AI into the classroom, teaching students how to use it and encouraging those facing a problem to "ask GPT". Full story

⛑ The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is urging policy-makers and the technology industry to address security threats before “smart city” platforms are widely adopted. Full story

🎨 A new exhibit at Banff, Alberta's Walter Phillips Gallery by artists Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser focuses on a fictitious omniscient AI named Piña. Full story

Healthcare & Public Safety

🩻 Ashley Casovan, head of the Responsible AI Institute, feels we need to ensure there’s rigorous oversight and inclusivity in healthcare applications of AI . Full story

🎗Scientists at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer have developed an AI that can accurately predict how long a patient will live by reading their doctor’s notes. Full story

👀 A new study by Marilyn Abate at KPMG Canada has revealed that AI/ML and biometrics are effective tools to prevent and detect fraud fraudsters grow more sophisticated, Full story

Business, Funding, & Investment

🌎 Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched a program to help small Ontario manufacturers automate production and reduce their environmental footprint. Full story

🔬 Deloitte Canada has launched a 'Generative AI Lab' to allow business visitors to prototype, test, and vet their generative AI ideas in 2-day lab sessions. Full story

⛓ The DMZ incubator at Toronto Metropolitan University is working with startups focused on revamping supply chain logistics using AI. Full story

📣 Eugene Belilovsky and Mirco Ravanelli, assistant professors at Corcordia University have received $189K to develop a new intelligence processing unit (IPU) server. Full story

🧐 Recent advance like OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology have dramatically changed expectations of conversational AI and renewed interest in Canadian companies. Full story

Sustainability & Cleantech

🍁 Ottawa-based RANOVUS Inc. has secured $36M via Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to build eco-friendly chips for next-gen AI. Full story

🖥 Toronto cleantech startup Adaptis has closed a $2M CAD pre-seed round to expand, automate, and optimize its building adaptation platform. Full story

⚡️ BluWave-ai has released an AI-based load predictor to help optimize the Ontario electricity System. It was trained on years of historical system demand and weather data. Full story

Canada Artificial Intelligence News: Agriculture & Food Security

🍔 Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the agri-food analytics lab at Dalhousie University says that OpenAI In could be a game-changer for the food industry and help reduce waste. Full story

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