This weekend in Canada, as many people stuff themselves with Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, it might be worth taking a moment to think about food waste.
When food gets thrown out and ends up in a landfill, it releases greenhouse gases as it decays. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that from 2010 to 2016, global food loss and waste contributed eight to 10 per cent of human-caused GHG emissions.
Fifty-eight per cent of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted, amounting to 35.5 million tonnes a year, according to the food rescue organization Second Harvest. A large chunk of that could actually be rescued and eaten — some of it by you. But how? Well, there’s an app for that — more than one, actually.
Flashfood is a startup that partnered with grocery giant Loblaw earlier this year to sell surplus food at a discount — typically 50 per cent or more — at hundreds of Loblaws locations across the country. Through the Flashfood app, each store posts daily offerings, including meat, dairy, bread or packaged foods that are approaching their best-before dates. Fruits and vegetables are sold as a random, five-pound assortment for $5.
This 4 minute video does a good job of putting AI in perspective and making it clear that whilst AI is good for analyzing data, it can’t know the difference between right and wrong, and it has no accountability either if there is a mistake.
The video leads to the conclusion that AI will continue just to help humans make decisions.
Questions on this topic might include:
How do humans currently teach their children what is right or wrong, and why can’t that be put in to an AI?
” “Sometimes it can be daunting to turn up in person to a service so connecting online, more anonymously, can make it easier to take that first step ” What other types of businesses or services could use this approach?
” Thanks to an infrared digital tracker, Revesby St Lawrence in Lincolnshire discovered that hundreds of people were arriving at the venue only to find it shut. In response the church revised its opening hours. ” What other types of businesses or services could use this idea of using an infrared digital tracker?
Today, almost 40% of the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide are endangered, according to the United Nations. More are going extinct every year.It was once widely feared that the internet revolution would speed up this decline. If developers and smartphone manufacturers aren’t willing to invest in supporting minority languages, that would cut off people who speak them from an important way to communicate and trap those languages in the past. Higgs, 23, though, is one of a small cohort of educators and activists reinventing how minority languages are taught and preserved online by using cutting-edge technology. When he was 17, Higgs “had this kind of crazy teenage idea.” He had begun using Duolingo, a mobile language-learning app, to study French, and wondered if the creators had considered adding support for Irish.
Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.
CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality.
But earlier in September, it would have been a “province in the People’s Republic of China”.
For questions of fact, many search engines, digital assistants and phones all point to one place: Wikipedia. And Wikipedia had suddenly changed.
The edit was reversed, but soon made again. And again. It became an editorial tug of war that – as far as the encyclopedia was concerned – caused the state of Taiwan to constantly blink in and out of existence over the course of a single day.
“For questions of fact, many search engines, digital assistants and phones all point to one place: Wikipedia .” Wikipedia can be updated and edited by anyone. What impact does this have on how truthful something is?
What other digital services might be able to be influenced to reflect the interests, politics, or other matters of a particular individual, state, or country?
Some zero-day exploits can fetch high prices. This week Zerodium announced that it will pay $2.5m to security researchers who provide exploits that allow the complete takeover of Android phones without requiring the target to click on anything. But the big news in the announcement was that Zerodium was valuing the same kinds of exploits on Apple’s iOS operating system at only $2m.
The cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which has been at the center of false conspiracy theories since 2016, is once again in focus after a White House transcript published on Wednesday revealed President Donald Trump brought it up in his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.In a complaint released on Thursday by the intelligence community, a whistleblower expressed confusion about Trump’s references to the company.
“the FBI, when investigating the hack, looked at CrowdStrike’s “imaged” servers — a direct copy — rather than physically taking the servers themselves. But that’s the FBI’s official guidance or investigating cybercrime — it’s faster and it doesn’t require the victim to completely halt their operations while the FBI takes months, or possibly years, to return those servers. “ 1) Why do you think the FBI is okay looking at “direct copies” of CrowdStrike’s servers instead of the actual servers? 2) Does it actually matter to a company like CrowdStrike, which likely has thousands if not tens of thousands of servers, that the FBI take the original, source servers? 3) The article suggests that using “imaged servers” is “faster”. What do they mean, and is this possibly not true?
The arrest of a senior Canadian intelligence official on allegations of stealing classified materials has shaken the international intelligence community.
Cameron Ortis, a civilian member of Canada’s RCMP national police force, had access to intelligence from Canada’s global allies and has been charged with a number of offences under the country’s national security laws.
” Mr Ortis has expertise in cyber security.” What do you know about cyber security
Cyber Security is important at the individual, company and national level, as this article illustrates. Growth in cyber security is enourmous. Is it important for all business majors to know some level of detail about cyber security?
We are in the middle of a “low-code revolution”. Low-code means that you don’t code from scratch, but “code” by using menus, much like you use menus in Excel to get things done such as build a chart. Why is it important to know business and how to low-code?