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Why Canada needs to take the plunge on AI

By Bob Osborn      

Machine learning and AI have huge potential to make human decision-making in government vastly more intelligent and efficient.

As severe weather events increase, AI could identify impacted communities and automatically ensure response organizations are co-ordinated and relief resources are in place when and where they are needed. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Canada has received acclaim around the world for supporting researchers, like Dr. Jeffery Hinton, who pioneered the deep learning approaches that have led to an explosion in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Accenture estimates AI has the potential to double economic growth rates by 2035, and in the private sector, we are witnessing tremendous adoption of AI to increase productivity and competitiveness. In the public sector, as is too often the case, adoption is lagging significantly behind.

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‘I felt silenced’: voices missing from Upper Chamber’s systemic racism debate, say some Senators, highlighting need for hybrid model

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Feature|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Palak Mangat
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