Insurance customers demand real-time services, customization

Susan Johnston of Accenture Canada talks about delivering hyper-personalized, on-demand services

Insurance customers demand real-time services, customizationSusan Johnston is managing director of financial services at Accenture Canada. What were the key findings of the recent report Technology Vision for Insurance 2019? Johnston: Our latest Technology Vision for Insurance 2019 report found that insurance companies are now focused on how they can shape the world around people and select the right moments…

Job losses due to technological change overblown: report

‘The growth of technology combined with a shrinking labour force may actually produce a shortage of qualified workers in Canada’

Job losses due to technological change overblown: reportFears of substantial job losses in the future due to technology may be greatly exaggerated. A series of essays released on Tuesday by the think-tank the Fraser Institute say burgeoning technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence and robotization won’t lead to huge jobs losses. “While some believe the rise of artificial intelligence and other technologies…

China is driving the rise of omniscient machines

Are we prepared for a world full of machines, governing everything in steely alignment with the technocrats’ goals?

China is driving the rise of omniscient machinesThe Terminator movies were prediction, not fiction. The proof abounds in China, recently dubbed by CBC as the world’s first digital dictatorship. China has interfaced wireless technology with surveillance cameras and facial recognition software to form Sky Net. And fifth-generation mobile phones, or 5G, are coming to Canada. That means Chinese technology and its usage…

Dedicated to Edmonton’s growth and success

Derek Hudson of Edmonton Economic Development Corp. talks about his organization's vision and why the city is on the rise

Dedicated to Edmonton’s growth and successDerek Hudson is CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corp. What’s the vision, mission and purpose of Edmonton Economic Development Corp.? Hudson: The purpose of Edmonton Economic Development (EEDC) is to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy by best positioning our city to drive key elements of economic success. EEDC is a unique model in…

Alberta investing $100 million to attract AI high-tech companies

Program intended to create more than 140 new companies, give Albertans new skills

Alberta investing $100 million to attract AI high-tech companiesThe Alberta government says it is investing $100 million to attract more artificial intelligence-based high-tech companies to invest in the province. “Innovation is a critical tool for competitiveness in nearly every sector of the economy, including energy. By investing in technology and the talent that powers it, we are ensuring Alberta continues to be a…

Could guaranteed income help us cope with automation?

The disappearance of many jobs over a short period could severely strain our social welfare models

Could guaranteed income help us cope with automation?The revolution of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will be one of the most profound economic shifts of this century. It’s already well underway and public policy must meet the challenge. Populists on the left and right often blame free trade for North American job losses in manufacturing, though automation is actually the main culprit.…

A robotic vacuum can put your goals for the new year in perspective

Although he’s incredibly bright, he can require a bit of retraining daily and some consistent preparation before he goes to work

A robotic vacuum can put your goals for the new year in perspectiveIt’s January and a lot of us are talking about goal setting and getting healthy. But for many of us, stuff gets in the way of our priorities. Some of us want to avoid alcohol for a month as we renew our commitment to overall well-being. But we can easily be tempted to skip a workout,…

The gig economy poses hurdles but offers big potential

An advantage of working on your own is that there’s no ceiling on how much money you can make

The gig economy poses hurdles but offers big potentialMoving into a new year is a good to time to plan ahead. But it’s become difficult and even frightening to do so in our work lives. Jobs are disappearing. People are being replaced by robots and other forms of automation. And it’s not just mechanical tasks, but also higher-level white-collar work like medical diagnosis…

The top 10 e-commerce trends for 2019 are …

The effects will be felt across the entire supply chain, by brands, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers alike

The top 10 e-commerce trends for 2019 are …E-commerce continues to be a growing part of the Canadian retail landscape. On Monday Absolunet, an e-commerce agency, revealed its  top 10 trends in the sector that will impact North American retailers in 2019. The effects will be felt across the entire supply chain, by brands, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers alike, said the company.…

Are robots coming for your job?

Many employers are struggling to find workers for jobs that may soon be eliminated because of technology

Are robots coming for your job?Will robots soon be replacing humans across broad swaths of the labour market? Judging by headlines touting driverless cars, machine learning and the rapidly-growing digital economy, one is tempted to answer “Yes.” No one can doubt the sweeping effects of new technologies. Historically, tens of millions of jobs have been eliminated by successive waves of…