Artificial intelligence (AI) is a set of complex and powerful technologies that will touch or transform every sector and industry in Canada. It has the power to help us address some of our most challenging problems, from improving Canadians’ health to fighting climate change. It will also introduce new sources of job creation and sustainable economic growth. Canada has already started harnessing AI through the AI supercluster, based in Montréal.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the launch of the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. This is the next step in the Government of Canada’scomprehensive approach to supporting this important new sector. The Minister announced the creation of the Council while in Paris for the G7 meeting of Digital Ministers. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Building Digital Trust Together.” Participants will reflect on the parameters required to foster innovation while building trust in digital societies and economies.
The council will advise the Government of Canada on how best to build on Canada’s AI strengths, identify opportunities to create economic growth that benefits all Canadians and ensure that AI advancements reflect Canadian values. The Government is committed to promoting a human-centric approach to AI, grounded in human rights, transparency and openness. These values will ensure that we can increase trust and accountability in AI while protecting our democratic values, processes and institutions.
Specifically, the council will establish a working group on commercializing value from Canadian-owned AI and data analytics, building on the work started by the Digital Industries Economic Strategy Table. It will also provide advice on how best to advance the goals laid out in the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence and will support Canada’s participation in various international engagements such as the G7, the G20, the OECD and the World Economic Forum.
The advisory council will be co-chaired by Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer for the Royal Bank of Canada, and Yoshua Bengio, Scientific Director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.
Members of the advisory council also include:
- Pierre Boivin, President and CEO, Claridge
- Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Finn AI
- Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and Political Theory, Université de Montréal
- Eli Fathi, Co-Founder and CEO, MindBridge Analytics Inc.
- Geoffrey Hinton, Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
- Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, University of Ottawa
- Jordan Kyriakidis, Co-Founder and CEO, QRA Corp.
- AJung Moon, Director, Open Roboethics Institute
- Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
- Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa
- Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
- Richard Sutton, Chief Science Advisor, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
- Geneviève Tanguay, Vice President of Emerging Technologies, National Research Council Canada
“Artificial intelligence is more than just a new product or service. It has the potential to help us solve some of the most difficult challenges we face, create jobs and growth across all industries, and improve the lives of all Canadians. The advisory council will help us capitalize on Canada’s leadership in AI in ways that upholds Canadian values of inclusiveness and diversity so that all Canadians can participate in and benefit from the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Artificial intelligence has enormous potential to help us design the responsive digital services that Canadians demand, but it must be used ethically and responsibly. The Advisory Council on Artificial intelligence will give us essential expertise from across industry, academia and government to make sure we use AI in a way that is transparent, deliberate and accountable.”
– The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
- Canada has a strong foundation in AI to build on, with strengths in science, skills and talent, and clusters, as well as a thriving start-up ecosystem. Canada is home to more than 800 AI companies, and the number of Canadian AI start-ups is growing by approximately 28% year over year.
- Artificial intelligence is an important contributor to Canada’s economy. In 2018, $548 million in venture capital was invested in Canadian AI companies, an increase of approximately 50% from 2017. As well, Canadian job opportunities in the field of AI grew by nearly 500% between June 2015 and June 2017.
- The government selected five superclusters that represent more than 450 businesses, 60 postsecondary institutions and 180 other participants. These superclusters are all planning to support projects that will promote the development or use of AI in their respective industries. The AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) will be the supercluster with the biggest focus on AI, undertaking activities to develop next-generation AI-powered supply chain platforms and create over 16,000 jobs for Canadians.
- The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy supports AI research and talent attraction and retention in Canada, promotes collaboration between Canada’s main centres of AI expertise, and positions Canada as a leading destination for companies in this sector.
- The Government of Canada’s support for the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence will be led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Privy Council Office, as well as other federal departments and partners.
- On November 22, 2018, at the Digital 9 Summit in Israel, Canada and the other D9 member nations agreed on a shared approach to the responsible implementation and use of AI by governments.
- Terms of Reference of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
- Biographies of the members of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
Find more services and information at Canada.ca/ISED.
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Synopsys and Kudan Collaborate to Accelerate Development of Intelligent Computer Vision Processing SoCs
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) and Kudan, a leading simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) software algorithms licensor, today announced a collaboration to optimize Kudan’s SLAM computer software algorithms for Synopsys’ DesignWare® ARC® EV6x Embedded Vision Processor IP. Kudan’s KudanSLAM software algorithms create and expand a map of an environment while simultaneously keeping track of the camera’s location within it. SLAM is used in autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, and augmented reality applications for concurrent scene mapping and device localization.
Kudan is optimizing its software to offload and accelerate algorithms by taking advantage of the Synopsys DesignWare ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processors’ scalable hardware architecture, which includes up to four 512-bit vector DSPs and a fully programmable convolutional neural network (CNN) engine. The combined hardware-software solution enables designers to accelerate the SLAM tasks of tracking and mapping that take input from LiDAR, Time of Flight (TOF) cameras, inertial measurement units (IMUs), or odometry data while consuming significantly less power and memory resources than alternative implementations.
“Solutions that increase the efficiency and accuracy of computer vision devices will form the foundation of mass-market SLAM applications,” said Tomo Ohno, founder and managing director at Kudan. “The combination of the ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor and KudanSLAM will deliver the best performance and power efficiencies in the market and provide the software infrastructures by which product builders can develop revolutionary applications for automotive ADAS, robotics, and AR/VR.”
The fully programmable and configurable DesignWare ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor IP cores are optimized for embedded vision applications, combining the flexibility of software solutions with the low cost and low power consumption of hardware. The ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor family is supported by Synopsys’ MetaWare EV Development Toolkit, a comprehensive software programming environment based on common embedded vision standards including OpenCV, OpenVX, and OpenCL C.
“Performance, power consumption, and high accuracy are critical requirements for computer vision applications,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. “By collaborating with Kudan to optimize their software for Synopsys’ ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor, we are providing designers with a highly efficient and accurate hardware-software solution to accelerate the development of SoCs implementing SLAM functionality.”
SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.
RSM’s Industry Eminence Program Announces Class of 2019
RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to announce the second class of the firm’s Industry Eminence Program. The new eminence class joined the 10 members of the firm’s inaugural class in New York City this month to kick off their participation in the three-year program.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see how the Industry Eminence Program has flourished in just one year,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and chief executive officer with RSM US LLP. “We now have 22 bright, highly accomplished people in the program who will be developing and sharing valuable information that will help drive thoughtful client conversations and further advance RSM’s vision to be the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders globally. We predicted this program would be a game changer for the firm – we were right.”
Created and led by Joe Brusuelas, RSM US LLP chief economist, and Kevin Depew, RSM US LLP deputy chief economist, the cutting-edge program will position this new class of senior analysts during their first year to understand, forecast and communicate business, economic and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves.
Senior analysts will focus 50 percent of their time on the eminence program and 50 percent on continuing to serve clients. Over the three years of the program, participants will concentrate on learning the foundations of industry analysis and thought leadership development, and they will bring that knowledge to current and prospective clients, the marketplace and their peers within the firm.
The program is an intensive immersion into data analytics, trend analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning designed for experienced managers through partners. Senior analysts will leave the program with the ability to analyze and interpret economic and industry trends and data, and will serve as internal and external thought leaders for clients. They will also become regular contributors to The Real Economy, RSM’s monthly publication focused on economic issues impacting the middle market, and will produce other thought leadership for their industries.
“In this rapidly evolving economy, it’s imperative that we stay attuned to economic indicators so that we can forecast the potential impact on our clients and the industries in which they operate,” said Brusuelas. “Through this program, our senior analysts are trained to anticipate trends and provide actionable insights to help RSM advise clients on the conditions impacting middle market leaders and beyond. We’re excited to expand the program and look forward to the added value that the new class will bring to our clients, our industry teams and the marketplace.”
“The first year of the program has exceeded our expectations due to the commitment of our inaugural class of senior analysts,” said Depew. “We are confident that this impressive new class will apply the knowledge they gain through this intensive curriculum to better serve our clients and our people. I have no doubt that we are in for another great year, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The 2019 class of RSM Industry Eminence Program senior analysts includes:
Business and Professional Services
“These 12 talented individuals are passionate about how industry expertise takes client experience to the next level,” said Don Lipari, national industry leader with RSM US LLP. “Each one brings an innovative mindset that will contribute to the continued success of the program. The overall enthusiasm for the program has been rewarding to see, and we are thrilled with how quickly our inaugural class has been able to translate insights into opportunities for our clients. We are sure this class will do the same.”
The second class of industry senior analysts was selected in January 2019. Applications for the next class will be accepted this fall.
SOURCE RSM US LLP
Blue Prism Enables Easier Access and Greater Collaboration to Advance Intelligent Automation Capabilities
Looking to provide greater flexibility and access to its digital workforce, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today launched its new online user community while also adding ecommerce capabilities to its Digital Exchange (DX), making it easier for organizations to deploy and scale their intelligent automation solutions. These advances build on Blue Prism’s connected-RPA vision of collaborative innovation, by creating a growing community that shares best practices and provides greater access to the latest artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intelligent document processing and cloud capabilities.
“Our motto of automating together, better and more, is definitely highlighted with these new capabilities,” says Dave Moss, Co-Founder and CTO for Blue Prism. “We are listening and responding by supporting a self-service model, which makes it easier for our customers to share, innovate and deploy intelligent automation solutions. These new capabilities help unify customer experiences and best practices for sharing, while providing the necessary community support to make automation the cornerstone of any digital transformation.”
Enhancements to DX
By way of the ecommerce capabilities, Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange, an intelligent automation marketplace comprising of customers, technology and channel partners, now enables customers or prospects to quickly buy and download software licenses directly from the exchange. This introductory package, which consists of a single software license along with one-year standard support, makes it easy for people to get started, learn more and explore what’s possible with an intelligent digital workforce. In the next 90 days, the ecommerce functionality will also allow other Blue Prism partners to offer their assets and integrations for sale via the DX.
Anyone can now purchase and download this introductory Blue Prism v6.5 package, which includes work queue trends and analytics, full Japanese and simplified Chinese language capabilities, IPv6 support, and data gateways, offering more data control while reducing the amount of storage being used.
Private Assets is another new key feature on the DX. Users control who can view assets outside of a customer or partner’s organization. They can only be seen by the employees of said company and then only after they are logged in. This feature gives enterprise customers more security and control over the assets used by their employees, only those that they approve, license and test are made available.
Since being launched back in November 2018, DX adoption continues to skyrocket with more than 4,120 registered users from nearly 714 registered companies who can download over 110 assets to accelerate the time to market for their intelligent automation projects. It provides business leaders drag and drop access to AI, machine learning, cognitive and disruptive technologies from companies they know and trust. Other new key enhancements to DX include integration with Google Analytics to provide more visibility into how assets are being downloaded and used. Support for open sourced Blue Prism assets being shared via GitHub as well as the ability for partners and customers to securely share proprietary assets has also been added.
According to Forrester Research, the partner of the future will likely not be a pure transacting one. “It doesn’t make sense to the new generation of tech buyers who make two-thirds of all new tech decisions today. As mentioned above, 73 percent of business buyers find the web more convenient to make purchases, and we forecast that 17 percent of all B2B transactions will happen through ecommerce by 2023″.¹
Blue Prism Community Now Live
The Blue Prism Community is a new online experience where users can share, learn and create. The Blue Prism Community provides a new and exciting platform where users can engage with others who share common interests, goals and objectives. The Blue Prism Community provides:
- An online space open to everyone that is easy to navigate, and where users can get up to speed on important announcements and industry news.
- Participation in a growing ecosystem of digital entrepreneurs and innovative companies redefining the nature of work.
- Access to an innovation corner for new Blue Prism product ideas and features, including DX.
- A home for regional and industry-specific user groups.
- Discussion communities and in-person meet-ups for practitioners, professionals and innovators.
- Latest content and information on upcoming events, learning tools, demos, etc.
SOURCE Blue Prism
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