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Investment in AI research is growing in Canada, but there’s little thought about ethics, privacy and governance issues. (Shutterstock)

Here’s how Canada can be a global leader in ethical AI

Canada has a clear choice. Either it embraces the potential of being a leader in responsible AI, or it risks legitimating a race to the bottom where ethics, inequity and justice are absent.
The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots. Lionsgate Home Entertainment

How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance

When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
With artificial intelligence weapons on both sides, are we in a new cold war? Dim Dimich/Shutterstock.com

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War

As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, both sides are developing technological capabilities, including artificial intelligence that could be used in conflict.
Surgeons in Switzerland use the robot da Vinci to aid a hernia operation. Over a third of US hospitals have at least one surgical robot. AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows

There are more robots than ever in the operating room – but that's led to fewer opportunities for surgical trainees. Now, some new doctors are teaching themselves in secret.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world. AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl

Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future

Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions. from www.shutterstock.com

AI is learning from our encounters with nature – and that’s a concern

Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
Can technology be tamed? Or have we already lost complete control? Tom Simpson

What can be done about our modern-day Frankensteins?

Much like the fictitious Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, more and more scientists are running away from their real-life creations.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot? Shutterstock/Aleutie

Dear robot Santa…

What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?

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