"By connecting imagination with global impact, the University of Waterloo is addressing the changing realities of our society, climate and economy. Our impact stories are just a glimpse of some of the solutions being developed by Waterloo students, alumni and faculty to create a future of human-centred prosperity."
As the line between human and machine is increasingly blurry, how should we build and use technology to advance humanity?
Technology is augmenting every aspect of our lives and we are relying on machines to do everything from drive our cars to diagnose illness. If we are to responsibly develop intelligent robotics and systems, we must recognize both the limits of machines and the needs of people and our complex society.
How do we securely leverage promising new computing technologies and big data to solve global problems?
While innovators are finding new ways to use big data to improve our lives, others are in a race to protect sensitive data in a future where quantum devices, information and technologies bring both promise and risk.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, how do we ensure an equitable transformation that builds community and prosperity for all?
We are at the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution: the digital revolution. The growing adoption of artificial intelligence and technologies is changing our workforce and economy. At the same time, migration is at a record high due to natural and political disruption. So, while millions search for their next home, others are looking for their next job.
How will we navigate the social, economic and geopolitical changes required to sustain our future on Earth?
Human activity has created a global climate crisis that requires collective and immediate action. As greenhouse gas emissions climb, many search for clean technologies and sustainable energy alternatives. Climate disruption is also intricately connected to our housing, food and water security.
How will new technologies and processes prevent disease and enable medical professionals to improve the life-saving care they provide?
Global and individual health care continues to be deeply enhanced by technology. In the race to make timely diagnoses and reduce wait times and costs, it’s not just medical doctors who are saving lives: it is also engineers, practitioners, scientists and mathematicians.
How do we continue to encourage the curious to further our understanding of how the world works?
Transformation is borne out of curiosity. The next big breakthrough to rock society will be built on the shoulders of the science that came before it — discoveries that result from an open and curious mind probing the mysteries of the tiniest particles on earth or the vast universe.