We play an outsized role in the world as drivers of artificial intelligence knowledge and advancement, but we aren’t seeing it pay off on the global stage–not in the headlines, and not yet in the marketplace. Even as Canada cements its role as the big thinkers behind one of the world’s most dynamic and disruptive technologies, companies are having a difficult time capitalizing on that advantage.
Waterloo researcher develops cognitive assistive technology for people with Alzheimer’s disease
By Stephanie Longeway
People suffering from the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty remembering things that recently happened to them. As the disease takes root, a person’s reasoning and behaviour can change. Day-to-day routines — like handwashing— may become challenging for them and they begin to need more assistance from caregivers for simple at-home tasks.
Earlier this year in April, University of Bordeaux hosted a workshop for University of Waterloo - Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute members. The aim was to explore the research collaboration ventures on artificial intelligence and health sciences.
Click here to read more from the University of Bordeaux.
Many shop owners view anything high tech with trepidation… and with good reason.
The digitization of today’s vehicles has moved diagnosis outside the comfort zone of many veteran technicians. It requires continuous investment in proprietary training and tools. A shop can tie up a top technician for hours troubleshooting an electronic fault and barely break even on the effort.
Does it make sense to apply the highest of high technology to maintaining and fixing cars?
During the past year, there have been major implosions of robot startups, such as with Jibo, Anki and Rethink Robotics. They all raised substantial amounts of capital from top-tier investors and had strong teams.
So why the failure? One of the main reasons is the extreme complexities of melding software and movable hardware. As a result, the technology often does not live up to expectations.