Government surveillance of Canadians’ financial transactions are often based on activities that do not warrant suspicion, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.
The research, done in collaboration with the Université de Montréal, further uncovered that bank employees heavily police customers to not only guard against fraud but also to generate information the government wants to see about possible suspicious financial activities.
Governments may soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings.
A new AI software system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo automatically analyzes photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to flag potholes, cracks and other defects.
“If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”