Uber fatality sends self-driving technology back to the drawing board where it belongs Diane Francis: The delay will give society pause to examine the fact that autonomous vehicles and drones will also create mass technological unemployment On March 18, a woman was killed in Tempe, Ariz. by an Uber self-driving car after she stepped outside… Read More
I will be delivering a keynote on the morning of April 26 at the Automotive Conference in Toronto on April 26, 2018. The issues facing the industry are massive from autonomous vehicles to electric vehicles. Both the A Revolution and the E Revolution have upsides and downsides and my discussion will focus on the political… Read More
From the cute little vacuum Roomba to Siri or Alexa and cars that drive themselves, we are at the beginning of the end of work. In 2013, a now-famous Oxford University analysis forecasted that 47 percent of all jobs are threatened in the United States. There are already signs from shuttered shopping malls to the fact… Read More
Canadian universities are preoccupied with attracting foreign students to boost revenues but should be concentrating on preparing the country to meet future technological challenges. There are now 192,000 full and part-time overseas university students in the country, a cohort the size of Regina, out of a total of 1.7 million enrolled students. But the percentages… Read More
I will be debating on the ethics, or lack of ethics, when it comes to technologies and tech companies before a live, televised audience at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Idea City is the creation of media czar Moses Znaimer, founder of City TV and other entertainment innovations, and is an incredible gathering of minds in… Read More
Amazon is on its way to becoming the next Standard Oil, amassing inordinate market power to set the terms by which goods are bought and sold in the United States. In 1589, a British curate named William Lee invented the stocking frame knitting machine, which used many needles to produce finer textured products more quickly…. Read More
The Olympics never fails to inspire the world by demonstrating the highest levels of physical prowess by human beings. But last month, the highest levels of technological prowess by human beings was reached and remained relatively unnoticed. Two groups of scientists and engineers — one American from Microsoft Corp. and one Chinese from Alibaba Group… Read More
Silicon Valley North? Not one that;’s funded by taxpayers,Postmedia files Canadian governments have historically demonstrated two aptitudes: Raising taxes and giving away grants without proper controls. The latest spree involves the rush to join the ranks of technologically advanced nations. A worthy goal, badly executed by bureaucrats who are handing out billions of tax dollars… Read More
I interviewed her at the recent P3 conference for about 40 minutes here. It was the Moving Forward conference organized by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. She was very engaging and talked candidly about the US relationship, future of NAFTA, alternative financing opportunities and challenges.
My speech Nov. 14, 2017 to Canada’s top civil servants — provinces, federal government, territories — on Exponential change and the need for new solutions by the public sector and private sector combined using emerging technologies. This was broadcast here.