WARNING THAT A.I. COULD WEAKEN CANADIAN BUSINESSES

Jun 19, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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There’s a warning that artificial intelligence could give internet giants like Facebook and Amazon even more power to reshape the Canadian economy – threatening the viability of domestic businesses.

A presentation in December to senior civil servants said Canadian companies were losing ownership of and access to data – to companies like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – and said a federal policy response was needed.

Artificial intelligence “will reinforce this trend,” – is what presenters from the National Research Council warned top officials – adding that a national data strategy was necessary to prevent Canada from becoming “a nation of ‘data cows’ for other countries.”

The presentation is among other documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act – and it provides a window into the scale of the problem the Liberals are wrestling with – by crafting a national data strategy – as well as the broad scope of departments involved in its creation.

The Liberals took another step towards the creation of the strategy – by launching online and in-person consultations running through the summer.

 

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