Estonia, the country which helped create Skype and hosts Nato’s cyber-defence centre, is also trying to stay ahead of the pack in regulating robotics.
The economy ministry is working on legislation that would address the status of artificial intelligence in legal disputes, says Siim Sikkut, the official in charge of the government’s IT strategy. One proposal under consideration would create the term "robot-agent", which would be somewhere between having a separate legal personality and an object that is someone else’s property.Read more
BlackBerry QNX’s driverless car hit the road in suburban Ottawa yesterday.
This demonstration is said to be the first public autonomous vehicle (AV) test in Canada. The partnership with BlackBerry QNX, who opened an AV innovation centre in Ottawa last year, gave the province the facilities and technology to advance their vision of becoming a hub for developments in AV.Read more
Eindhoven in the South of the Netherlands, is to roll out 25 interactive kiosks to help residents, visitors, business and local government engage with the city.
It will be the first deployment of Citybeacon’s smart city platforms in collaboration with Zytronic Displays, a provider of durable projected capacitive technology touch sensors, and OCP Solutions, a developer of public outdoor communication products.Read more
For most of the past 15 years — ever since Nortel began hemorrhaging jobs — the morning rush hour traffic in Kanata has largely been outbound, heading into downtown Ottawa or other parts of the region. Office buildings had floors of unused space.
That’s changed in the past few years. Both office space and talent are scarce in the Kanata tech park and, if there’s still traffic heading east, there’s an equal amount of it heading into Kanata, says Jenna Sudds, the outgoing executive director of the Kanata North Business Association.Read more
I was born in Bombay, but I moved to the U.S. for college, to study computer science. Once I was done with that, I wanted to found a company, but I couldn’t. I was on a student visa, so it wasn’t legally possible. I moved to Singapore in 2006, because it seemed like a more accepting place, and I built a company there: Socialwok, an enterprise collaboration platform, similar to Slack. We won a TechCrunch competition in 2009, which led to a lot of interest from companies in Silicon Valley. We didn’t get any huge acquisition offers, but we caught the eye of someone at LinkedIn. A few months later, I moved to Silicon Valley to work for them.Read more
MONTREAL - Thales has selected Montreal to be home of the French industrial giant's new artificial intelligence research centre.
The company says it will collaborate with Canadian AI research groups in Montreal and Toronto to establish the centre.
Its mission will be to advance the safe and ethical applications of AI across the company's product portfolio.Read more
Dezeen promotion: an exhibition of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates, Dezeen's Good Design for a Bad World talks progamme, and a robot research centre are among the 600 events taking place during this year's Dutch Design Week.
Dezeen is media partner for Dutch Design Week, which takes place from 21 to 29 October 2017 in Eindhoven.
The city is home to one of the most famous design schools in the world, Design Academy Eindhoven, so the week-long festival brings together a wealth of promising young designers.Read more
Apparently, the capital of the Buckeye state has more going on than drunken college students howling at their college football team every weekend. A new analysis from Yelp and Realtor.com has determined via the wonders of big data that Columbus, Ohio is where it’s at for hipsters.
In other words: Take your hipster beards and avocado toast and suck it, San Francisco.Read more
A Fredericton agricultural tech company won $1 million Thursday night in one of the most lucrative business plan competitions in the world.
SomaDetect, which is run by Bethany Deshpande and her husband and business partner, Nicholas Clermont, won the the top prize in the 43North annual international competition in Buffalo, N.Y.
"Were completely shocked," Deshpande said.Read more
Riverside, Calif. – The fourth Long Night of Arts & Innovation will fill the streets of downtown Riverside on Oct. 12 with hours of science, technology, dance, engineering, math, music and art programs for young people and adults.
The regional event, which draws speakers and performers from all four of Riverside’s colleges and universities, and the city’s most innovative high-tech companies, runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on and around the Main Street mall in historic downtown Riverside.Read more