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Canadian AI News - December 2022

Updated: Jan 2

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Governance & Society news


🍁 Canada has ranked 5th place in Stanford University's Global and National AI Vibrancy Rankings behind USA, China, India, and UK. Full story


😂 A team at the University of Guelph has set out to develop a new model for teaching sarcasm to AI/ML tools to improve social media mining. Full story


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Sustainability news


🏙 UN-Habitat is opening a new project office in Montréal focused on applying AI to address some of the most pressing issues facing the sustainable development of cities. Full story


⚡ Canada's first 'Open Compute Project Foundation' compliant data center is set to open in Lévis, Québec and will be powered by almost 100% renewable energy. Full story


🐋 The University of British Columbia and Transport Canada’s 'Quiet Vessel Initiative' are leveraging AI to reduce impact of shipping noise on marine mammals. Full story


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Healthcare & Public Safety news


🛑 Abhishek Gupta, founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, warns of potential bias as Montreal health network makes plans to use AI to reduce wait times. Full story


😤 A device planned by Moncton-based Breathe BioMedical could lead to early detection of certain cancers by using AI/ML to analyse breath sample data. Full story


👍 University of Alberta researchers, lead by Bo Cao, are using AI/ML to help clinicians and policymakers predict opioid use disorder. Full story


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Business news


🎈 A new app built by former StatsCan worker Fred Hazelton uses machine learning to predict busy times at theme parks to help tourists minimize line-ups. Full story


👍 Brazil's Linda Lifetech is moving its headquarters to Toronto to expand its solution that uses AI to analyse breath and body heat data to detect cancer. Full story


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Natural Resource / Agriculture news


🍠Amii and New Harvest are leading a new research collaboration focused on applications of AI/ML in cellular agriculture. Full story


🥕 CULT Food Science is developing an Institute of Cellular Agriculture in conjunction with the University of Alberta and New Harvest Canada. Full story


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Robotics/AV/AR news


🤖 Innovation, Science and Industry has announced a $30M investment in Sanctuary Cognitive Systems, a Vancouver company specializing in human-like robotics. Full story


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Public sector news


🌜 Canada is considering a framework for 'moonshot programs' to accelerate developments in climate change, vaccine development, and artificial intelligence. Full story


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