Category Archives: Innovation

China’s Big Brother Roll Out in 2020 already Underwa

BIG BROTHER RISING Three Glimpses of the FutureDIANE FRANCIS As the world hurtles toward a systemically digitized existence, some unpleasant alternatives to governance are coming clearly into view. In May, the European Union imposed sweeping laws on technology companies that shift control of data to the customers, protect privacy, and require curation to stop libelous and hate… Read More

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Singularity U Hub piece: Regs on Tech and why

The world’s first stop sign appeared in Michigan around 1915, decades after the first privately owned passenger car came into being. Ever since, laws and regulations have piled up concerning everything from insurance requirements to vehicle safety, road safety, and driver education. Such is the natural order of things. First come the transformative technologies—in this case, the… Read More

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Idea City June 20-22: Great Debate, Worlds in Collision, tech, disruption, debate

I will be involved in this year’s Idea City — Canada’s foremost conference of ideas and innovations organized by entrepreneur Moses Znaimer — in Toronto at Koerner Hall. The theme is Worlds in Collision and speakers will address biotech, fintech, blockchain, robots and the issues and controversies involving all of these fields as they clash… Read More

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Foreign Students Flood Canada’s Universities and Shouldn’t

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

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