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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.

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Published on : 03 Oct 2016

Aviation emissions resolution is a litmus test for carbon pricing

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.

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Published on : 03 Oct 2016

Boomers or Gen Y: The PQ's generational dilemma

“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

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Published on : 03 Oct 2016

Akwesasne creates first independent indigenous court in Canada

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

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Published on : 03 Oct 2016

"I felt the clock ticking" — why Andre White just released three albums at once

Montreal jazz drummer/pianist and McGill professor Andre White on why he just released three CDs of original music. Ottawa Citizen

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Published on : 30 Sep 2016

Air Canada, WestJet face possible lawsuit over baggage fees

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

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Published on : 28 Sep 2016

Performance of Clinton, Trump

Democratic strategist Adam Sharon and North American Studies professor at McGill University Tom Velk discuss and debate their performance. CTV News

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Published on : 27 Sep 2016

Canadians relieved, says Trudeau, after professor released from Iran

“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

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Published on : 27 Sep 2016

Corporate culture: how a company handles a crisis can affect everyone

Op-ed by Howard P. Gibbs, instructor in issues management at McGill University School of Continuing Studies. The Chronicle Herald

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Which feathered friend would you choose as our national bird?

"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

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Where does Canada's accent come from?

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

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Looking to local researchers for a cure to Alzheimer's

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

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Published on : 23 Sep 2016

McGill to take 'leadership role' in recruiting aboriginal students

“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

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Published on : 23 Sep 2016

A Globe and Mail article looks at how Big Data might help university students graduate

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?

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Published on : 21 Sep 2016

Commentary: The ghost of Richard Nixon

“Nixon reintroduced himself in 1968 as older, wiser, even-tempered. He was well-known in politics and hated, but he was able to reinvent himself and reassure people on the trust issue just enough.” Gil Troy, professor of history. Portland Press Herald

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Published on : 19 Sep 2016