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The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children. (Handout)

Should you get your child an AI doll this holiday?

The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
Protect the baby boomers in your life when you give them them technology gifts by giving them the gift of time to go along with their new device. (Shutterstock)

Tech gifts for unsavvy seniors may put your loved ones at risk

Gifting techno-gadgets to baby boomers may be a good idea but may also put them at risk from sophisticated surveillance technology. To protect them, give the gift of time to go along with the new device.
Governments face disruption by the private sector and social unrest unless they embrace new technology. Here, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau meets a robot in Edmonton last May as others look on. ( THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Technology will make today’s government obsolete and that’s good

Government is about to be disrupted by technology in the same manner as major industries. It's about time.
Humanoid robots at an international robotics competition in Tehran, Iran, during 2014. Students from 22 countries, including Canada, were competing during the three-day event. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

In a time of robots, educators must invest in emotional labour

In their relentless pursuit of research commercialization, and bigger robots, universities might miss the real opportunity of technology - to make our world a better place.
Academics put Hammond in the spotlight. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Budget 2017: experts respond

Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
While most Canadian nurses still use some paper charting systems, robots are being developed to complete intimate nursing tasks. Nurses need to embrace technological change, to direct their own future. (Shutterstock)

Nurses of the future must embrace high-tech

Will nurses eventually be replaced by robots? Nurses themselves need to engage with the ongoing technological revolution in healthcare - to shape the future of the profession.
Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

How to grow cannabis? With modern science and technology

The legal cannabis industry will have to develop scientific research and evidence based growth methods and technology if it is to succeed against the secretive illicit industry.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the launch of Oculus Go virtual reality headset in October. (Handout)

Oculus and our troubles with (virtual) reality

Will the arrival and popularity of Oculus Go and other VR systems make us think differently about alternative realities and so-called alternative facts?
SoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Son attends a news conference in Tokyo in February 2017. reuters

What we can learn from the Warren Buffett of the web

Softbank has become one of the biggest global names in tech. The story of its founder and CEO Masayoshi Son offers some prescient insight in how to navigate highly competitive global markets.
Blockchain technology, in which real-world assets are symbolically represented by digital objects, harks back to medieval times when helmets, swords, and other items represented land and other valuables. (Shutterstock)

How blockchain technology has medieval roots

Blockchain is a hot, innovative technology — with roots in medieval treasuries.
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time. Anton Jankovoy / Shutterstock.com

As a human, I don’t do technology. I am technology

What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.

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