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Technology and Reconciliation – Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Speaker: Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

MBA/MPA 2018, Stanford GSB + Harvard Kennedy School

Gabrielle is an Indigenous professional with a passion for creating social impact. She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

MBA/MPA 2018, Stanford GSB + Harvard Kennedy School

Gabrielle Scrimshaw explored the role technology plays for first nations communities in reconciling the past and transforming future.

  • In a world with AI, decentralization, and smartphones, what is going to happen with the diverse array of indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional ways of life?
  • Reconciliation with indigenous communities is the responsibility of everyone, and technology has an exciting role to play.
  • When we think about the different futures possible with technologies, we need to bring indigenous voices into it. Technology exists for indigenous communities, technology exists made by indigenous communities, and what we need to start focusing on is working with indigenous communities in a collaborative approach.

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Learning About Humans Through Robots – Suzanne Gildert

Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Founder and CEO, Sanctuary AI

Suzanne is co-founder of Sanctuary AI, a company with a mission to build synthetic humans – “synths” – that are indistinguishable from us physically, cognitively and emotionally.

Dr. Suzanne Gildert

Founder and CEO, Sanctuary AI

This session focused on breakthroughs that are enabling robotics and AI minds to become more and more indistinguishable from human intelligence.

  • Dr. Suzanne Gildert is exploring if you can build machines that capture the life like essence and put it into robots. Her work at Sanctuary AI is creating synths, ultra human like robots, that are the same as us physically, cognitively, and emotionally.
  • Creating and working with human like robots, in turn teaches us what makes us human. Are we able to capture this essence and then put it in robots? Exponential technologies are allowing robots to be made more human like than ever before.
  • Accepting these technologies will take time, and the adjustment period will be rocky for both synths and humans. However, through robots we can directly learn and feel what it means to be human.

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The Modernization of Education

The Modernization of Education

Technology’s Impact in the Classroom

Many of us can remember the technology-free classroom. First, we were being reprimanded for passing notes, and soon after for cell phone use. As kids head back to school this month, they enter a classroom different from former times. Technology in the classroom is now being fully embraced, with laptops now commonplace. Since the Toronto District School Board’s WiFi rollout was completed in 2016, all schools in the board now have wireless networks. The board has a $3-million annual technology budget.

Traditionalists might argue that in today’s tech-obsessed world, reliance on even more technologies is detrimental to young minds. Then there is also the possibility of abuse of technology and inappropriate use of social media.

On the other hand, it’s a digital generation, and with the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses, the need for more tech becomes all the more imperative.

How do parents feel about this? In a recent survey from Microsoft and YouGov, 60% of parents were ‘optimistic’ about the role technology is going to have in their child’s life as they get older, while 30% felt they were ‘unsure’ or ‘scared. 86% of parents said that tech in school, such as computer use and educational software, was beneficial to their child’s education.

Learning beyond the classroom

Educational videos may be soon a thing of the past, if not already. The Education on Board Program allows Australian teachers to sail on marine research ship RV Investigator. They are able to enhance their STEM knowledge and content, and conduct live webinars to their classrooms. They also plan to incorporate their experiences at sea into their lessons. This allows learning to be more interactive and applicable to the real world.

This semester, biology students at Arizona State University can use student loan payments to pay for virtual reality headsets. With the goal to “provide students with real-world experience,” students have the option to use these headsets to complete the course’s lab requirements.

person wearing VR headset

Can spot weaknesses

Microsoft, a company applauded for modernizing the classroom, recently unveiled new technology. One example is Snap + Core First, a symbol-based communication application to help those with speech and language disabilities express themselves.

Recent research predicts that the use of AI in the U.S. education sector will grow 47.5 per cent through 2021. While AI-powered educational games are frequently used, AI can be particularly helpful for those children taking special education, where the traditional one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate. For these students, AI provides a personalized education, and helps with increasing attention span.

Virtual assistants such as Alexa or Siri may help shyer children become more confident, said Chris King, chairman of the HMC group of private schools in the UK.  

Greater efficiency

Students and teachers in Saskatchewan are now being provided with SMART Learning software, which allows students to collaborate with others through their phones and tablets. With the software, teachers are able to design interactive lessons and provide game-based learning modules.

Adoption of technology in classrooms helps ease the workload for teachers. With AI helping to do mundane tasks such as reading directions out loud and grading standardized tests, teachers are able to spend more one-on-one time with students. An eastern China school has even installed facial recognition technology to monitor how attentive students are in class. If students seem distracted, based on their facial expressions, the computer will send this feedback to teachers. Intrusive? Maybe. At least there is no need to take attendance.

At Singularity University’s Global Summit last month, the future of work and learning were topics on the agenda. Gary A. Bolles, Chair of the Future of Work, stressed the importance of reshaping our educational institutions.

“We have to blow up what we’ve got today,” he said. “The current education system that is helping our young to be able to be prepared for the world of work is preparing them for yesterday’s world of work, not today’s.”

Integration of technology can enhance the school experience, and teachers should make greater use of it. With so many new innovations on the market, it makes returning to school seem almost appealing. The possibilities are endless, and poised to make an impact.

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Exponential Growth in Travel

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Exponential Growth in Travel

How Technology is shaping the Future of the Industry

There is a growing demand for travel, and the amount of air traffic is only expected to increase. In 20 years time, the air travel market is expected to be 2.5 times larger, and the global commercial jet fleet will double in size by 2037. One of the driving forces behind this global surge in the industry? Technology. Whether it is innovation in aviation, airports, or booking and hotels, technology has revolutionized the travel experience.

The latest from the flight deck

Air New Zealand, an airline with a reputation for innovation, just announced that it has teamed up with North Shore-based Zenith Tecnica to explore the possibility of 3D printed metal parts for aircraft. The airline made a foray into the Silicon Valley tech scene by entering a partnership with JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV), the venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue Airways. This partnership is the first of its kind on an international level in the industry, and looks to bolster innovation in the sector and support both existing and newly formed start-ups.

Other transportation companies are also exploring new technologies. Boeing is collaborating with SparkCognition to use a combination of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence that will ensure safe and secure transport while also tracking unmanned air vehicles and allocating traffic corridors.

There’s lots of potential to reimagine the flying experience, and it’s exciting to see what the coming years will bring.

Navigating the airport terminal

Travellers have spoken, and airports are listening.

  •       Los Angeles’ LAX is looking at survey data from Metis, an AI-backed data analytic system – to see what passengers are saying and feeling – about their airport experience. The system extracts elements of every comment or post and relates them to categories such as food and beverage, logistics and Transportation Security Administration.
  •      Baggage handling is another focus point, with 71% of airlines planning to provide real-time bag tracking information to passengers by 2020.
  •      British Airways has been testing biometric gates at several airports, and found that in L.A., they have been able to board more than 400 customers in 22 minutes – less than half the time it typically takes with manual boarding.

Robots and AI are personalizing the guest experience

According to WTM Insights, a new quarterly magazine on global travel trends, hospitality robots are serving as concierges, luggage porters and receptionists, and are found in airports, restaurants and hotels around the world.

  •       Singapore has embraced AI with Savioke robots. The M Social Singapore (part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts), has robots Aura and Ausca, “to increase productivity, optimise operations and enhance guest experiences. An internal audit has shown that they save at least five hours per day,” said the hotel’s Chief Marketing Officer.
  •      Las Vegas’ Wynn Hotel now has Amazon Echo speakers in each of its 4,748 rooms.
  •      Augmented reality technologies are used to emulate trips, and German airline Lufthansa has created 360-degree videos of various destinations, including Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo. The videos are available on YouTube and viewable on VR headsets to transport aspiring travellers and people planning their next trip.

Is this slew of new technology a force for good, or is it detrimental? Is it streamlining the experience, or making it impersonal?

Chris Hemmeter, managing director of Thayer Ventures, made an interesting point:

“Because it’s an infrequent purchase, the psychology of anticipation and discovery is pleasurable. So the idea of consolidating the whole travel discovery experience down to one site, one page, one app – it just fails miserably. The idea that you will talk to your home device and it will spit out a trip for you, I just don’t buy it.” For entrepreneurs, there is a great deal of risk and so many moving parts in travel. Yet there is also a lot of potential.

Exponential technology has transformational potential for individuals and industries, and these technologies are constantly evolving.

While technology can certainly help with aspects of the journey, we must not forget the importance of human connection.

There is joy in researching and discovering new places, but if new innovations are introduced in a balanced way that can help weary travellers make the experienced easier, they are welcome.

SingularityU Canada will be travelling to San Francisco, CA for our Global Summit. The summit will explore innovations in exponential technologies, such as AI, VR and robotics. Join us.

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Continuous Learning is a Necessity in Today’s Job Market

Continuous Learning is a Necessity in Today’s Job Market

Why the World’s Smartest Workers are Focused on Lifelong Learning to Enhance their Skillsets

Leading professionals are changing their approach to learning. Faced with an uncertain future of work shaped by rapidly developing technologies, social change, and unprecedented flows of global information and data, learning is no longer reserved to early years or formal classrooms. Lifelong learners are emerging in every industry and in every country. People are recognizing the value and necessity of continuous learning as an iterative, evolving process that can have a positive effect on every aspect of their professional and personal lives.

Shifting your focus toward the future and pushing the boundaries to think bigger and do things differently will enable you to enhance your value in the workforce. Whether you’re seeking your first entry-level position, launching a new venture, or leading an organisation from the C-suite, learning is critical to advance your career and your impact. Continuous learning unlocks new opportunities, perspectives, and possibilities.

“Combining a degree with beneficial elements typically found in college or university programs such as co-op terms, internships and other experiential learning opportunities [is] the ultimate one-two punch, career-wise,” offers Kira Vermond in the article, Formal learning or learning on the job? from The Globe and Mail. Vermond highlights SingularityU as an alternative learning platform that can create a more robust outlook and approach as people navigate uncharted career paths.

Continuous learning and an eyes-wide-open approach offer understanding and insight to leverage the value in different perspectives and advancements.

Attend events, seek mentors, read new genres, disconnect from your routine, and expand your network. To remain resilient in the future, accessing learning opportunities that unite diverse disciplines, processes, and industries is essential. SingularityU Canada programs are designed to provide information and intersections, illuminating the connections between seemingly disparate industries and breaking down the barriers to understanding the world’s most impactful and complex innovations.

Keeping up-to-date with the latest in technological advancements is critical – but the pace of change is rapid. In traditional curriculum, content is out of date by the time it reaches the classroom. At SingularityU, curriculum is redesigned for each event and set before each program based on the latest breakthroughs, emerging trends, and current developments.

Learning directly from the minds shaping these trends is a unique and eye-opening experience. Experts with first-hand knowledge and the vision to create and implement transformational technologies offer a distinct perspective and make ideal instructors and mentors. SU Canada programs are led by inspiring innovators and decision-makers from diverse fields. The experts changing the face of society and transforming industries are being drawn upon for SU Canada Faculty to offer participants direct insight into the forces, processes, and technology behind the buzzwords.

Lifelong learning is a path to stay ahead of the curve. With access to more information and more innovative programs than ever before, people have the opportunity to constantly evolve their learning styles, approaches, and mindset. Thought frameworks and design principles that create a flexible outlook and strategy are key to face change and lead innovation. With the right foundation, you will be able to recognize and act on emerging technologies and industry disruption, while fostering a learning mindset as your default approach to change.

SingularityU Canada offers programs that are designed to provide cutting edge exposure to the thinking and technologies that will enable people to take immediate action and drive impact for themselves, their organisations, and the country.

Level Up Your Skillset and Outlook with Continuous Learning

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Supercluster Announcement Demonstrates Canadian Leadership and Innovation

Supercluster Announcement Demonstrates Canadian Leadership and Innovation

Cross-Canada Clusters Identified as Economic Drivers

The federal government has announced the winners to its Innovation Supercluster Initiative. The winners are groups of high-performing public and private sector stakeholders and specialised teams from diverse industries who are collaborating to drive change and advance technology in key areas. Winning clusters get access to a piece of $950 million in committed funding and must match the amount they receive.

Canada is renewing its focus on innovation, research, and development, demonstrating that the country has an important voice and perspective on global issues.

With this collaborative push to succeed in identified focus areas, and emphasis on economic stimulation, Canada is well-positioned to be recognized for its role worldwide as a global leader in scientific breakthroughs, sustainability, and innovative development models.

 

5 Winning Innovation Superclusters to Advance Exponential Technologies and Global Grand Challenges

Five winning clusters were selected, and reflect the breadth and dynamism of Canada’s culture, talent, and economic landscape. They have very different focus areas but all contribute to solidifying Canada’s leadership position.

We put together a brief overview of the five winning Innovation Superclusters below, highlighting the exponential technologies they leverage, as well as additional resources to help you understand more about these key technological drivers and forces of change.

The Scale AI Supercluster

Location: Quebec
Focus Area: Building intelligent supply chains.
Technology: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics
Dive Deeper:
Watch “Should Robots Have Rights?” with Suzanne Gildert
Read Brain-Like Chips Now Beat the Human Brain in Speed and Efficiency

The Ocean Supercluster

Location: Atlantic Canada
Focus Area: Increase competitiveness for Canada’s ocean-based industries.
Technology: Clean Energy
Dive Deeper:
Watch Investing in Our Cleantech Future with Tom Rand
Read “The Clock’s Ticking on Climate Change, and It’s Time to Get Real About Tackling It”

 

The Digital Technology Supercluster

Location: British Columbia
Focus Area: Drive innovation in critical sectors like forestry, manufacturing, and health care.
Technology: Big Data, Digital Platforms
Dive Deeper:
Watch “The Future of Health” with Zayna Khayat
Read “Big Data can be a Profoundly Humanizing Force in Industry”

The Protein Industries Supercluster

Location: The Prairies
Focus Area: Making Canada a leading source of plant proteins
Technology: Biotech, Agriculture
Dive Deeper:
Watch “Programming Life” from Raymond McCauley
Read “Machines Teaching Eachother Could be the Biggest Exponential Trend in AI”

The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster

Location:  Ontario
Focus Area:  Increasing resilience and adaptability in the manufacturing industry
Technology:  Robotics, Big Data
Dive Deeper:
Watch “The BIG Shift” with John Hagel
Read “The 10 Grand Challenges Facing Robotics in the Next Decade”

 

The clusters are all uniquely ambitious and positioned to succeed in creating important advancements in key emerging technologies and in long-standing industries. It is an exciting time for Canada as innovators, supporters, and talented thinkers from coast-to-coast join forces to drive development and advances in the areas that matter most.

If you are interested in learning more about exponential technologies and the role they play in our lives – and will play in the future – explore our resources and upcoming events. Leaders can expand their mindset and realize the full scope and impact of the rapid rate of technological change at our first SingularityU Canada Executive Program. Space is limited and spots are filling quickly – apply today!

Canada's Role as a Global Innovation Leader

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TalkBoutique Salon Series: Answers vs Questions

Talk Boutique is hosting a Speaker Salon, entitled ANSWERS VS QUESTIONS.

Description:

Join us and speakers Salim Ismail, Jill McAbe, and Sonny Kohli as we ponder Answers Vs. Questions, inspired by Futurist Gerd Leonhard, who argues that “computers are for answers and humans are for questions“,  a seminal distinction that questions what it is to be human. Because we now live in a world where artificial intelligence, robotics, and wearable technologies are becoming commonplace, we see the concept of humanity beginning to blur, so we ask the question:

“In order to preserve our humanity do we need to focus less on the invention of new technology and focus more on the creation of provocative questions?”

Reserve your spot today.

Mobility Reimagined

Speaker: Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun

Urtasun holds a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision in the Department of Computer Science and uses deep learning to make machines perceive the world more accurately and efficiently.

Raquel Urtasun

Mobility Reimagined

New perspectives on the single most impactful innovation that will fundamentally change our cities and the way we live and work.

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Machine Intelligence, From Research to Impact

Speakers: Cameron Schuler, Ed Clark, Amanda Lang (Moderator)

Machine Intelligence, From Research to Impact

A conversation about research, work, and opportunity in a world that is becoming increasingly automated and intelligent.

Key Takeaways:

  • A discussion and debate highlighting AI/machine learning, from the perspective of some of the policy and social decisions that we have to make as we move forward.
  • Examining these options, that will include regulations, ethics, and international agreements.
  • We may explore some of the fears around AI (i.e. the robots will kill us) but the conversation is likely to skew toward the optimistic and aim to be helpful food for thought.

Speakers

Amanda Lang

Amanda Lang

Business Journalist, Author

Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang was an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada, on Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang.

Amanda Lang

Business Journalist, Author

Cameron Schuler

Cameron Schuler

Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, CEO & Co-Founder VibeDx Diagnostic Corp.

Cameron’s multifaceted career has covered finance, business & product development, consumer products, IT and general management from start-ups to mature companies.

Cameron Schuler

Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, CEO & Co-Founder VibeDx Diagnostic Corp.

Ed Clark

Ed Clark

Advisor, Former President and CEO, TD Bank

Ed Clark is the former president and CEO of TD Bank Group who has been honored for his vision, integrity, and leadership.

Ed Clark

Advisor, Former President and CEO, TD Bank

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The BIG Shift

Speaker: John Hagel

John Hagel

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge

Hagel is the Co-Chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research into emerging business opportunities that should be on the CEO agenda.

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge

The BIG Shift

The forces that are creating mounting performance pressure on the global business landscape and what organizations need to do to effectively respond to them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Exponential technology is creating mounting performance pressure as well as expanding opportunity.
  • To harness the opportunity, we will have to shift from businesses driven by scalable efficiency to businesses driven by scalable learning.
  • AI/robots will take over virtually all of the work we do in scalable efficiency businesses but will hopefully be a catalyst to help us re-think work in ways that tap into our unique capabilities as humans.
  • There’s significant opportunity, but there are significant challenges for large, existing institutions – especially the powerful immune system and antibodies that exist within all of these institutions and that will mobilize to resist any efforts to transform.

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