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Canadian AI News - August 2022

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Welcome to the Ask AI news roundup where we highlight the latest innovations, investments, and breakthroughs in the Canadian artificial intelligence sector. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to our podcast and monthly newsletter and following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Sustainability


๐ŸŒฝ The University of PEI's School for Climate Change and Adaptation is using artificial intelligence in a project to create a more environmentally efficient approach to farming. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: How can AI make an impact in carbon-intensive industries? We asked Mark Speaker, Industry Solutions Executive at Microsoft Canada. Get episode


Governance & Society


๐Ÿ˜‡ Ottawa expands use of NuEnergy.aiโ€™s โ€˜trustโ€™ platform, Ethical AI critical to an organizationโ€™s reputation, says CEO Niraj Bhargava. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: Can AI help preserve indigenous languages? We spoke with Anna Kazantseva, Research Officer for Indigenous Language Technologies, NRC. Get episode


Healthcare


๐Ÿ‘€ First-of-its-kind portable x-rays helping people in remote northern Sask. communities - Synthesis Health Inc. has created artificial intelligence to help work them. Full story


๐Ÿ’ฒ Sunnybrook researchers have been awarded more than $12M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Spring 2022 Project Grants competition. Full story


๐Ÿ‘“ Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada brings AI-driven diabetic eye screening to rural and Indigenous communities. Full story


๐Ÿ‘‹ Nexalogy Environics Inc has partnered with Medi-Call to launch an AI Assisted Mental Health Program to help prevent suicide. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: Why is AI essential for developing new medicines for genetic diseases? We spoke with Amit Deshwar, VP and Head of Predictive Systems at Deep Genomics. Get episode


Business


๐Ÿ’ช Canada faces a shortage in digital and STEM skills, according to a new C.D Howe Institute report. Get study


๐Ÿ“‘ A new report by Accenture entitled 'Why AI in Insurance Claims and Underwriting?' claims to prove that AI technologies could help save the insurance claims process $218B. Full story


๐Ÿ’ธ SCALE AI announces $1.1-million investment into Adastra x Taiga Building Products Supply Chain Optimization Project. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: How is applied (and responsible) AI impacting enterprise competitiveness? We spoke with Cory Janssen, Co-CEO at AltaML. Get episode


Natural Resources / Agriculture


๐ŸŸ A.I. tech developed in Nova Scotia could help avert fish kills at hydro dams. Innovasea says it has successfully developed technology to instantaneously detect and count fish. Full story


๐ŸŒพ Antara Agronomyโ€™s field day held near St. Jean, Manitoba focuses on training AI to unlock the potential of green-on-green spot spraying systems to identify and target weeds. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: How is AI making greenhouse production more efficient? We met with Yves Daoust, Founder and CTO at Winter Farm who were awarded $2.9M to find out. Get episode


Robotics/AV/AR


๐Ÿฆด A group of University of Alberta researchers are trying to redefine medical assistance for those with mobility issues by combing artificial intelligence with exoskeleton technology. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: How will AI create immersive content for the metaverse? We asked Manal Siddiqui, CEO, and Pietro Gagliano, CVO, at Transitional Forms. Get episode


Public Sector


๐Ÿ’ธ Montreal's SCALE AI has announced a major financing round in artificial intelligence: $50 million to support 12 new projects. Full story


๐Ÿ’ธ The Government of Canada has invested $19M CAD into research on environmental sustainability, health innovation and more. Full story


๐Ÿ† Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has received the prestigious Royal Medal from the Royal Society, the U.K.โ€™s national academy of sciences. Full story


๐Ÿ˜€ Ask AI Exclusive: What goes on at MILA, Quebecโ€™s renowned AI research Centre? We asked Stรฉphane Lรฉtourneau, EVP, MILA. Get episode


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