The global race for artificial-intelligence supremacy is on – and Canada’s next moves are crucial

December 14, 2018

Canada was the first country to have a national AI strategy. The good news is that it has been a great success. The benefits have been realized sooner and to a greater extent than was anticipated. But, Canada’s first-mover advantage in AI is at risk. What we do next will determine how much our country gains the economic rewards that AI promises – or if other countries enjoy the bulk of the benefits.

About 18 months ago, Canada led the world by announcing the first national AI strategy. The five-year Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy unified Canada’s three major AI institutes — Vector Institute in Toronto, Amii in Edmonton and Mila in Montreal — with a national vision. Working together, we would recruit and develop a critical mass of top AI researchers and practitioners that would become a magnet for investment and other top talent from around the world.

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Speech by Ed Clark, Chair, Vector Institute at the Canadian Club in Toronto, December 13th 2018 (Check Against Delivery)

Video: Speech by Ed Clark, Chair, Vector Institute at the Canadian Club in Toronto, December 13th, 2018

The Globe and Mail: The global race for artificial-intelligence supremacy is on – and Canada’s next moves are crucial Written by Ed Clark

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