Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the job

The next decade will see unprecedented changes in the workforce. Jobs will vanish and new jobs won’t at all resemble those they replace

Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the jobWe need to start preparing for a jobless future, in which only a small number of people use machines to manage all work. Machines are taking over jobs at an accelerating pace. Society is beginning to feel the impact of massive automation. Most troubling? The kinds of jobs that machines will take over: all of them.…

Big threats to personal privacy in the era of big data

The modern politician, even in a democracy, can now be almost certain to know how you voted by adding up what’s known about you

Big threats to personal privacy in the era of big dataBy Allan Bonner Columnist and Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group In the days before computers, politicians still had a way to determine how much help they’d give you. If you asked for a favour, many would look you up on the voter rolls to see if you’d voted. If so, there was at least a…

Solving the identity theft puzzle will take teamwork

Collaboration among business and all levels of government can mean more secure transactions and a significant drop in identity theft

Solving the identity theft puzzle will take teamworkBy Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist and Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group It’s easier than ever to spend money. In fact, it’s become quite fashionable. Take Apple Watch. Pressing twice on the side of the device lets the user choose a virtual credit card of choice. The user completes the transaction simply by positioning the…

The AI tipping point much closer than you think

The self-play, self-training concept of the AlphaGo Zero software provides a glimpse into the future of artificial intelligence

The AI tipping point much closer than you thinkThe self-play, self-training concept of the AlphaGo Zero software provides a glimpse into the future of self-defining artificial intelligence (AI) systems. So how and when will AI exceed human capacity? While some believe that the processing power already exists to achieve this, the software that would function at this level has not yet been invented.…

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable bill

Little wonder that the CRTC has been the focus of so much public contempt

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable billForget for a moment that roughly five per cent of your cable bill goes to subsidize films and shows that not enough people watch: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is about to dip back into the 20th century and tell you what to watch and make you pay for it. The federal regulator announced last month…

The human touch: people squeezed out of the workforce by AI

Artificial intelligence is being tailored to tackle critical-thinking jobs. The next step for humans is to focus on tacit skills that machines don't yet have

The human touch: people squeezed out of the workforce by AIIf machines can think critically, where will university-educated students go? As an educator who is passionate about student professional development, I’m concerned about how artificial intelligence (AI) threatens to steal many of the remaining jobs available for university-educated students. I’ve written previously about job shortages in academia and medicine and how students must turn to…

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughs

Governments only role should be to ensure that intellectual property (IP) rights are protected

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughsHuman ingenuity – often motivated by profit – is generally miles ahead of government regulations in resolving problems in society. Take, for example, the issue of orphan wells in Alberta. In September 2016, the Alberta Energy Regulator said there were 84,100 inactive oil and gas wells in the province. The collapse of oil prices and…

The ever-growing burden of technology on our lives

Increasingly, cities are complicated systems. The thought of traffic lights, 911 calls, transit and hospitals all going haywire at once is really scary

The ever-growing burden of technology on our livesIt you think red tape is slowing progress, you’re right. If you think some complex technical gadgets in your home, office and car aren’t really saving time, you’re right again. But have you thought about how costly and dangerous this technology can be? Author Samuel Arbesman has in his book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits…

The art of brevity, one smiley face at a time

The millennial hordes taking over the Earth are comfortable with saying little, and embrace the less-is-more method of communication

The art of brevity, one smiley face at a timeIn a recent instalment of the syndicated comic strip Pearls Before Swine, a character called 1980s man is being given a lesson in social media. “This is called Twitter,” explains the piglet that’s the star of the comic as he taps away at a computer, “and if you look there you’ll see I just got…

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportions

The Liberal's Great Supercluster Screw-up just another drain on Canadian taxpayers

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportionsGovernments always want to look like they’re implementing good ideas and accomplishing important things. Take the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) for example. The federal government plans to throw almost a billion tax dollars at non-profit groups to create jobs and help Canadian companies dominate the world. As crazy as it sounds, that’s the ostensible reason…
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