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Episode 18: How can artificial intelligence help solve urgent water issues?

Updated: Mar 27

The Ask AI interview with Naysan Saran, CEO & Co-Founder, CannForecast

Special thanks to Microsoft Canada and Cinchy for sponsoring the third series of the Ask AI podcast and supporting greater awareness of artificial intelligence in Canada. All of our episodes and 100s of AI profiles are also available from our chatbot, generously sponsored by Toronto’s Ada Support.

Fresh water is absolutely essential to life as we know it. Sometimes described as the “universal solvent”, this amazing (and finite) substance has an amazing ability to dissolve a wide variety of molecules and for this reason it was the perfect base for the primordial soup from which life on our planet sprung. On a biological level, water provides a versatile delivery system for the transportation of substances like oxygen and nutrients between our cells - so you might just say that we depend on it.


Tune in to this episode of the Ask AI podcast and learn how Naysan Saran, CEO and co-founder of Montreal-based CannForecast is applying machine intelligence to significantly reduce fresh water losses in our municipal systems and to improve swimmer safety at our public beaches.

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Episode highlights

  • Hear the moment when Naysan discovered a passion for artificial intelligence

  • Learn how CannForecast’s InteliSwim product is making municipal beaches safer for swimmers

  • Discover how their InteliPipes product predicts water pipe leaks (and the scope of this problem)

  • Learn about "the “paradox of developed nations”

  • Hear Naysan’s advice for young women considering entering the fields of mathematics and AI

Episode links

A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski (book that inspired Naysan’s love of mathematics)

Episode credits

Sponsors: Microsoft Canada and Cinchy Chatbot partner: Ada Support Executive Producer: Chris McLellan Host: Jaxson Khan Assistant Producers: Oleena Mak and Kristin Riddell Original music: Mike LeTourneau

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