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Reframing Canada’s global AI leadership: a realistic path to the top

By Mark Robbins      

Canada’s ambition should be redirected into avenues that can likely bear fruit and that will successfully play to our competitive advantages. AI-enhanced government is one bright spot.

Jane Philpott, pictured, is Canada’s new digital government minister. Global leadership in government AI is also an achievable goal for Canada, says researcher Mark Robbins. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

All signs point to artificial intelligence (AI) being key to the new economy and perhaps even the 21st century as a whole. But in the world of policy, AI is an abused term that is subject to misinterpretation and political posturing, not to mention real confusion. In Canada, many decision-makers and commentators seem to agree that the country should strive for global leadership in AI, but relatively few possess much certainty about what that means or what achieving this goal might look like in practice.

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