Military eyes adaptive camouflage, self-repairing clothing for future troops

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From chameleon-inspired camouflage to clothing that mends itself when damaged, the Department of National Defence is looking to outfit Canadian troops with next-wave gear that provides better protection — and less detection — on the battlefield. Those are just two technologies in a long list of cutting-edge scientific advancements that DND is spending $9 million over three years to research,… Read more »

China opens door to Ant Group’s stock market debut

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Chinese tech giant Ant Group was set to sell shares worth about $34.4bn (£26.5bn) before it was abruptly halted. The listings in Shanghai and Hong Kong would have been the biggest stock market debut to date. Ant Group is China’s biggest payments provider, with more than 730 million monthly users on its digital payments service… Read more »

Fake COVID notification apps and websites aim to steal money and personal data

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Thousands of fake Canadian government websites, emails and apps that take advantage of the pandemic to try to mine personal data or steal money have been taken down in the last few months, according to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The centre leads the federal government’s response to cyber-security events, defends Ottawa’s cyber assets and provides advice to… Read more »

CES 2021: Smart sport kit put to the test

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A cricket bat designed for virtual reality gaming and a bluetooth-connected baseball are among the sport innovations to be unveiled at the CES tech show. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 22nd. 2021 Link to 2 minute 38 second video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-55722029 Discussion What sort of business could you set up around this technology? Why is… Read more »

A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy

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At first glance the silicone wristband could be mistaken for one that tracks your heart rate when you are doing exercise. However, the wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn’t here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state. The gadget, which links to a mobile phone app and… Read more »

Digital privacy law is being updated for the first time in decades, and it’s imperative we get it right

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Canadian legislators in the House of Commons recently introduced Bill C-11 to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act. Bill C-11 embodies the principles of Canada’s Digital Charter, which envisions the internet as a tool for both innovation and the public good.  Over the past year, Canadians — just like much of the world — have increasingly lived… Read more »

Talent and workforce effects in the age of AI

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OVER the past few years, artificial intelligence has matured into a collection of powerful technologies that are delivering competitive advantage to businesses across industries. Global AI adoption and investment are soaring. By one account, 37 percent of organizations have deployed AI solutions—up 270 percent from four years ago.1 Analysts forecast global AI spending will more than double… Read more »

The Future of Work

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“If AI (Artificial Intelligence is the engine, data is the fuel”. This video from technology consulting firm Cognizant does a very nice job of overviewing the digital transformation that companies need to get on board with. Source: Cognizant Date: January 14th, 2021 Link to 5 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaV15TrfC_o&feature=youtu.be Discussion The move to digital, digital transformation,… Read more »

Students struggle as school goes online-only in 4 provinces after Christmas break

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Ellen and Rafael Robles tried to have everything in order for Monday morning when their son, Bento, started school virtually after the holiday break rather than in person: a good desk, chair, headphones and an iPad. Still, the morning got off to a rocky start for the family in Woodbridge, a suburb of Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto. “The… Read more »