The ecological upside to job automation

How future changes in the structure of business and the nature of work could impact the environment

The ecological upside to job automationReplacing humans with robots clearly has a dystopian flavour. But could the successive waves of artificial intelligence (AI) and other exponentially developing technologies displacing jobs, ranging from banker to construction worker, have potential positives for the environment? According to a 2016 McKinsey automation study, about a third of most job activities, affecting 49 per cent…

How to put Canadian health-care innovation into practice

It’s no easy feat in the often-intractable and rigid Canadian health system, but the payoff can be immense for patients and care providers

How to put Canadian health-care innovation into practiceBy Clare Liddy and Erin Keely University of Ottawa It all started when the two of us sat down over a cup of coffee. As a family physician and endocrinologist, we stand on opposite sides of a large chasm called patient wait times, and we both started seeing more and more of our patients swallowed…

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandem

Review: The iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop work in tandem so you can relax

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandemLike most people, we're not crazy about household chores. So last year around this time we were ecstatic to discover the robot vacuum we were looking for. And now iRobot has stepped up two notches by delivering a more powerful and smarter dynamic duo: the iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop.…

Fitbit Inspire HR tracker is a inspired choice

The latest offering from Fitbit is big on features, small on size and price

Fitbit Inspire HR tracker is a inspired choiceIf you’re in the market for a low-cost, full-featured fitness tracker but don’t want the bulk of many models or the complexities of a smartwatch, the Fitbit Inspire HR might be for you. It’s hard to miss the family resemblance of the most recent addition to the Fitbit family. It’s slimmer but modelled after the…

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industry

Users can experience everything from watching a smart pig detect the health of a pipeline to seeing the largest trucks in the world at work

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industryA first-of-its-kind virtual reality tour of Canada’s oil and gas worksites will raise awareness about changes in the industry. The Experience the Energy: Take the Tour platform is an initiative by the PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada. It showcases the careers, the innovation and technologies that are transforming the energy industry. “Over the past…

Routine legal tasks at your fingertips

Shane Murphy on how Founded Technologies is striving to be an essential online tool for small Canadian businesses

Routine legal tasks at your fingertipsShane Murphy is co-founder of the legal automation company Founded Technologies. What is Founded Technologies and what does it do? Murphy: Founded Technologies makes the legal side of entrepreneurship easy. It’s an online legal automation platform that takes routine legal tasks that small businesses face (think incorporating, managing a minute book, creating contracts) and makes…

Progress? Sport? The two shall never meet

From disputed strike zones to goal-line uncertainty to bloody high-sticks, major-league officiating can't seem to embrace high-tech

Progress? Sport? The two shall never meetIt’s Game Three of the 2019 World Series and the Washington Nationals hope to extend their surprising 2-0 lead in games over Houston. The Nats have revival project Anibal Sanchez on the mound to give Washington fans their first home-field win in a Series since 1933. But the Astros are off to a quick lead.…

Artificial intelligence is reshaping food retailing

A Sobeys pilot project shows that we’ll soon enough be able to shop without talking to anyone and completely bypass lineups and cashiers

Artificial intelligence is reshaping food retailingGrocery giant Sobeys has unveiled what it calls Canada's first smart shopping cart at a store in Ontario. It’s a great idea for people looking for assistance in shopping and to be on their way as soon as possible. The project is a partnership with New York-based retail technology company Capers. Essentially, the cart you…

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligence

John Shillington of Amii taks about connecting research and expertise to industry and helping Alberta businesses build their capacity for machine learning

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligenceJohn Shillington is president and CEO of Amii. What is Amii Innovates and what do you do? Shillington: Amii Innovates is a program run by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). It enables and supports Alberta-based businesses as they grow their in-house business and technical capabilities around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. At Amii,…

Put robots to work so humans can be more productive

While robots replace human workers on the factory floor, better-paid jobs are created to design, build and maintain the robots

Put robots to work so humans can be more productiveThe robots are coming, the robots are coming! They may not be an unstoppable evil army ready to take over the world as in a bad sci-fi movie, but they’re definitely making headway on factory assembly lines and increasingly in other industries. A United Kingdom research firm, Oxford Economics, did a study that covered seven…
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