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We cannot build what we cannot imagine. Creating visions of positive futures is important work. And this is only the beginning- we hope to open up to a much wider visioning process. And of course, seeds of a better future won’t make a difference unless they can grow and be widely distributed. - Elana Bennett, ecosystem ecologist and geographer at McGill University. The New York Times
Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM join forces to set guidelines on future Artificial Intelligence research
The end of September saw the formation of a new team of rivals: the Partnership on AI, whose motto is "to benefit people and society". The partnership includes tech giants Amazon, Google and its subsidiary Deepmind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft.
Op-ed co-authored by Jean Monnet chair in the law of international economic integration at McGill. « Airplanes in international flight are responsible for at least 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – a considerable volume given that it’s the only form of emissions delivered directly at high altitude into the atmosphere.
“The PQ’s discourse isn’t resonating among 18- to 34-year-olds. For Generation Y, support for the party is collapsing,” said political scientist Éric Bélanger of McGill University, who co-wrote the study with Valérie-Anne Mahéo of the Université de Montréal. The Globe and Mail
McGill University Prof. Kirsten Anker, who specializes in aboriginal peoples and the law, visited Akwesasne in May with a delegation from a Manitoba Cree community that was interested in the Mohawk system. “It’s being looked at as a model and a source of inspiration,” she said, adding the Akwesasne Mohawks are “at the forefront in pushing the self-government envelope.” The Globe and Mail
Montreal jazz drummer/pianist and McGill professor Andre White on why he just released three CDs of original music. Ottawa Citizen
Karl Moore, an aviation expert at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, found the collusion allegations far fetched. "I think it's highly unlikely they would collude. It's not the nature of the beast, they're just fierce competitors." The Record
“At a time when the regime is inviting the world to invest in Iran and trying to attract diaspora Iranians, these arrests aren’t going to make anyone feel secure about doing business in Iran,” said Payam Akhavan, an associate professor of international law at McGill University. The Toronto Star
Op-ed by Howard P. Gibbs, instructor in issues management at McGill University School of Continuing Studies. The Chronicle Herald
"If you look at all the countries around the world, many of them have national birds, including the United States, which reveres its bald eagle. All of our provinces and territories and all of the states have an official bird and I think it's high time Canada has one too." Dr. David Bird, emeritus professor of wildlife biology. CJAD News
According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University and the author of The English Language in Canada, the Canadian accent is stubbornly persistent: “Canadian linguistic identity is here to stay on the long term.” BBC
Among those researchers is Jacob Vogel of McGill University’s integrative program in neuroscience. He works in Dr. Alan Evan’s lab, which specializes in brain imaging, or the mapping and rendering of how the brain works. “We take massive amounts of information, data, biological data, integrate it and try to understand things like disease and development,” said Vogel. “We try to understand the brain better.” CTV News Montreal
“It’s time for McGill University to take a leadership role on this. There are not a lot of universities in the eastern half of the country leading the way in this area.” Christopher Manfredi, McGill provost. Montreal Gazette
Last Friday's edition of The Globe and Mail newspaper included a story on how predictive analytics might help decrease university drop-out rates. Several Data Science companies, including IBM’s Watson Analytics and Microsoft, are offering universities their expertise on identifying students at risk of dropping out. Of course, having low marks is a good predictor, but it is not the only one. Women, for example, are less likely than men to leave university before finishing their studies, but when they do, their marks are usually quite good. So why are they dropping out?