Unpacking Equity: The Use of AI in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System

By Mackenzie Rice The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve public sector efficiency is both exciting and controversial. While these technologies have the power to present new solutions to some of the toughest global challenges, their use has also called attention to serious concerns relating to data privacy, human rights, […]

Preparing for Machine Learning

Aniket Kumar While machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are often equated, they are distinct. Both offer incredible promise in uncovering relations in data, but raise many ethical challenges as they are widely deployed. Nick Bostrom in Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies classifies different types of AI on a spectrum from low-level intelligence to superintelligence. AI, […]

Driving Policy Change: Are Governments Ready For Automated Vehicles?

Madeline Rowland At first glance it may seem as though the car, arguably one of the most significant innovations of the twentieth century, has remained relatively unchanged since its creation. Minor improvements, such as four-wheel drive or blind-spot sensors, have streamlined the driving experience, but despite these incremental improvements, the fundamental relationship between the driver and […]

MaRS Future of Work Conference: Preparing the Labour Force for the AI Age

Andrew Abballe  On November 24, 2016 MaRS Discovery District hosted a panel entitled “Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” which featured a discussion between technological entrepreneurs on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for the labour market. The State of AI Today Contrary to some claims, AI is not expected to make humans obsolete […]