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ImplementAI hackathon back for its second year

Imagine an app that can guide the visually-impaired, a program that can analyze the nutritional content of the food on your dinner plate, or software that can detect violent encounters as they’re captured on security cameras. These ideas were all implemented during ImplementAI, a 24-hour hackathon which took place from Sept. 29-30 at the Catallaxy… Keep Reading

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AI For Social Good: Addressing the need for women in tech

In an effort to increase gender diversity in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the second annual AI For Social Good Lab initiative launched on May 14 in Montreal. The program gave 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue of their choice. Currently, fewer than… Keep Reading

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Agricultural technologies are changing the future of farming in Africa

On Feb. 22, Entrepreneurship & Investment For Africa (EI4A), a volunteer-run organization in Quebec promoting African entrepreneurship, held an open networking session at WeWork L’Avenue with PS Nutraceutical International Limited (PSNIL), one of Africa’s most innovative agribusiness start-ups based in Nigeria. Businesses in the agricultural domain, or agribusinesses, provide the necessary supplies for farms to… Keep Reading

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Closing the gender gap with Women & Science

Feb. 11 was the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and to celebrate the occasion, the Montreal Science Centre hosted Women & Science, an event designed to encourage young women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology. Even in 2018, there is a prevalent gender gap in science, technology,… Keep Reading

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New SSMU researcher being hired to investigate McGill military research

The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) has begun the hiring process for a new staff position that will investigate and report on research into military technology carried out in McGill’s laboratories. The Harmful Military Technology Researcher will work for an hourly wage on average six hours a week reviewing documents related to military research… Keep Reading

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Put your phone down!

A Jan. 12 Globe and Mail editorial warned smartphone users of the dangers of overusing their phones; however, its conclusions were less than satisfying. The Globe proposed that the government look into the addictive qualities and other consequences of phone use. Yet, there is already a large amount of research into the health risks of smartphone use—and it… Keep Reading

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Les Olympes de la Parole introduced to North America

On Nov. 15, the University Women’s Club of Montreal (UWCM) launched the first ever North American rendition of “Les Olympes de la Parole,” an academic competition that aims to engage young women in both local and global issues of gender inequality. Les Olympes de la Parole was first launched in 2001 by the Association Française… Keep Reading

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Director of Facebook AI Research on its disruption in the workplace

On Oct. 11, Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) Director Yann Lecun, in collaboration with McGill’s Integrated Management Symposium Series, gave a talk on how artificial intelligence (AI) impacts the modern workplace at Centre Mont-Royal. Lecun discussed the development of artificial intelligence in the 21st century. Lecun began with a description of deep learning, a procedure… Keep Reading

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