What Drove Canada Towards Becoming Smart Artificial Intelligence Hub?

by April 19, 2019 0 comments

Artificial Intelligence

What’s your thought process when you imagine robots taking over the world? Yes! A lot of strange and new things are expected to take place. Cars will drive themselves and smartphones will predict the symptoms of cancer. A bulk of people will need to upgrade themselves or find a new job in the future.

But where will these robots come from? Do you know their birthplace?

The strangest thing possibly can be that Toronto is likely to become the birthplace of robots. It will be a place where these robots will be invented.

The city which faces the problem with the development of subways or other projects will become a nucleus of ML technology and considered to be as one of the world’s foremost epicenter of AI R&D according to Samsung.

Recently, tech giants Google, Samsung and Uber opened an AI lab in Toronto last spring.

Reportedly, Canadian philanthropists Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman donated $100 million to set up a new innovation center to focus on AI at the University of Toronto. In recent times, Canada has become major highlights as one of the world’s most exciting new industries.

But it is hard to digest how Canada has become the petri dish for new technological industry and how it reached this level?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a theory of it. PM announced approximately $230 million funding for an AI-centric supply chain Supercluster in Quebec implying towards making Canada an export and AI leader.

Also, Ottawa has been a cumbersome financer to AI industry of Canada but the question arises who should be given credit and more importantly how to endure the boom and apply it in other fields.

The most convenient way to describe the acceleration of smart AI talent in Toronto is with the name of Dr. Hinton. Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, a professor at the University of Toronto was given A.M. Turing Award for his mastery in working in machine learning.

A young Spanish guy namely Raquel Urtasun who is working on driverless cars for Uber and University of Toronto’s Vector Institute considers Dr. Hinton as the godfather of AI and acknowledges that many of his ex-students are dominating the AI field.

Dr. Hinton was born in England and said he shifted to Canada for two reasons

•  As he was already working with the US at that time but never wanted to conduct researches benefiting US military.

•  The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) was funding his AI brand namely neural nets.

The Canadian governance also contributed to laying the deep foundation stone for such proceeding in AI success, by –

•  Building a better education system

•  Funding University research

•  Making Canada immigrants-welcoming place

•  Financing impressive tech organizations

•  Building a sense of cutting-edge innovation in the region

All these small bits and pieces of liberty will surely contribute to the futuristic working of AI projects in Canada making it, even more, advance in the field of AI research and development.

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