NEXT Canada is a national non-profit charity with a focus on increasing national prosperity through innovation and entrepreneurship. The organization grew out of The Next 36, a program founded in 2010 by a group of visionary business leaders and academics.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights.
Canadian AI Superclusters
Compare to USA, Canada scale much smaller, and the country has not yet fostered a tech hub remotely comparable in size to Silicon Valley. But that may be changing, thanks to a number of powerful stakeholders’ determination to build AI superclusters in Canada. The Canadian government is determined to build AI ‘Superclusters’ in Toronto-Waterloo, Montréal, and Edmonton to utilize the country’s top research resources.
Downtown Toronto’s 140,000 square-metre MaRS Discovery District features an Edwardian-style Heritage Building, linked by a spacious glass-roofed Atrium with a new South Tower and the Toronto Medical Discovery Tower.
MaRS Discovery District dedicated to driving economic and social prosperity by harnessing the full potential of innovation. World’s largest innovation hubs, a 1.5-million-square-foot complex located in the heart of Canada’s largest research cluster in downtown Toronto.
MaRS works with an extensive network of private and public sector partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future — startup ventures with broad economic and societal impact.
The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII), Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Group (RLAI) and Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC) are all located on the campus of University of Alberta. Amii researchers, based out of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, are world-leaders in a number of subfields of machine learning and artificial intelligence, together called machine intelligence.
Montréal is traditionally regarded as a cultural hub, and now the city wants to add AI to its profile. The federal government has given Montréal Universities special research grants totalling C$213 million, while the provincial government also plans to invest C$100 million over the next five years.
MontrealInstitute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) on the campus of Université de Montréal. MILA is supported by the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), a closely-knit group formed by four academic institutions: École Polytechnique de Montréal, Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and McGill University. IVADO received $93 million in standalone funding in 2016.
Powerful Mind Hacks to Get Your Brain Ready
You know that to succeed, you must engage the power of your mind, right? And, I have just told you that artificial intelligence, relies on the workings of the brain. You must be ready for this transition to continue to be a successful Canadian in a quickly shifting ecosphere.
One – Use your Smartphone to help make yourself smarter. Walking down the street aimlessly, while you junk out on Facebook weakens your brain because you are unable to retain, much less use, any information that sinks into your mind as you are doing nothing to expand your neuro-feedback profess. You must put down the phone to fully connect with your ability to be a player in the AI Game.
Two – Drink plenty of water and take supplements that help your brain fire and wire in expansion. Your brain is the central processing unit of your entire existence. Artificial intelligence will take over, and you will soon see that your brain feels groggy and slow. This is the dynamic of humanity that will always be stronger than artificial intelligence if you are awake and pay attention.
Three – Just Google it! Google is the best example of AI out there. It’s technology is not only intuitive, but can be scary if you are unable to tune into it’s algorithm; which changes every day and will continue to change. Google is a noun, verb and adverb. You can “Google It”, “Search Google”, and “Command Google” to answer your questions. Your ability to continue to expand your brain, is the Key to gliding along the AI river, when it becomes more prominent.