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Recent Coverage of Artificial Intelligence in Canada

September 30, 2018

Over the last two weeks, IT World Canada has published a number of articles about artificial intelligence in Canada.

How Canadian businesses are using AI – Elevate day two (September 26, 2018)

Elevate Tech Fest day two was a whirlwind event, with more than a dozen different ‘tracks’ spread out across Toronto that focused on everything from fintech to health, smart cities and more. IT World Canada spent the day attending the artificial intelligence (AI) track and learned about some interesting ways that Canadian companies are using AI.

Canadian firms care more about AI ethics than U.S.: SAS survey (September 24, 2018)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone’s lips these days, but is it being used ethically? Analytics firm SAS Institute partnered with Intel Corp., Accenture Applied Intelligence, and Forbes Insights, the strategic research and thought leadership practice of Forbes Media, to find out.

Canadian adoption figures reflect this country’s more conservative approach to new technology. While in the U.S., 74 per cent of organizations have adopted AI, 68 percent of Canadian firms have done so. However, 67 per cent of Canadians stated that they have ethics training for technologists and 73 percent have ethics committees, compared to 59 percent and 65 percent respectively in the U.S.

‘Hey Hendrix, join the conference call’ – the AI bot from Edmonton (September 24, 2018)

Virtual digital assistants are for more than just the home or on your phone, artificial intelligence (AI) powered assistants are gaining traction in the enterprise market and Edmonton-based Testfire Labs is throwing its hat in the ring with a new AI assistant for meetings.

Released Tuesday, Hendrix AI is a digital assistant that can join and transcribe meetings while also creating summaries about key topics and offering insights from the meeting.

IBM’s new bias detection software, democratizing AI (September 24, 2018)

IBM has introduced new artificial intelligence (AI) software to help businesses detect bias in decision making and explain how AI makes decisions.

In the Wednesday press release, IBM called it “a major step in breaking open the black box of AI and also announced that IBM Research will make an AI bias and detection ‘toolkit’ available in an open source community for others to take advantage of, calling it a way “to encourage global collaboration around addressing bias in AI.”

Could digital secretary ‘Amelia’ be the future face of Government of Canada’s AI services? (September 22, 2018)

A New York City-based firm that develops a “digital colleague” named Amelia is the first to state interest in providing artificial intelligence services to the Government of Canada.

Its Amelia AI system that promises to handle customer service requests without the need for human intervention.  Amelia can be trained to learn a company’s processes and interacts with users via natural language – a chatbot interface. She can remember every interaction that she’s ever had, and understand how to apply business information to customer interactions. She even seeks to understand the user’s emotions and mood.

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