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Workforce skills need to advance with automation and AI

Thanks to advances in automation and AI, a significant number of workers could be out of a job in a few decades, - at least that's what a report from the McKinsey Global Institute forecasts in its latest report.

OneEleven expands Toronto office, eyes global growth

Scale up community OneEleven is expanding. The expansion will make the Toronto location of the global scaleup hub one of the largest in the world.

Trump signs Space Policy Directive-3 aimed at reducing space junk

President Trump is signing a policy document Monday seeking to improve the tracking of space junk and limit future debris, but experts say the idea will be difficult to carry out.

The 'Internet of Farming' is disrupting traditional agriculture

Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made-in-Canada artificial intelligence-powered systems.

Construction is using tech to seek efficiencies

New technologies have the potential to make a substantial impact upon the home of the future. The smart home concept can one day be extended to an entire town, according to a new state-of-the-industry report.

Royal Bank of Canada plans $3.2 billion push for new clients

Toronto - The Royal Bank of Canada has been bemoaning the fact that not enough people are switching banks to try their offerings. At its investor day conference on Wednesday, RBC introduced a wave of technology initiatives to combat the problem.

Japanese spacecraft closes to within 920 km of asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, and the MASCOT lander, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) have been traveling through space since December 2014. The intrepid spacecraft is now 920 km from its target.

Inside Google's Digital Garage in Manchester Special

Manchester - Google has opened a 'Digital Garage' in Manchester's city center, which is a space on the high street for people to learn digital skills and access technology – for free.

SpinLaunch wants to slingshot small rockets into space

Sunnyvale - A Silicon Valley startup has devised an ingenious way of sending rockets into space. Dubbed SpinLaunch, the company wants to blast tiny payloads into orbit atop miniature rockets.

How companies can prepare for digital transformation

Digital transformation is impacting every sector and business, and with all the guides being published it's easy to get lost. Here's a roundup of how experts think companies should be preparing for digital transformation.

'iPal' robot companion for China's lonely children

Shanghai - It speaks two languages, gives math lessons, tells jokes and interacts with children through the tablet screen in its chest -- China's latest robot is the babysitter every parent needs.

New method reduces the cost of scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere

A Harvard professor announced on June 7, 2018, that his company, Carbon Engineering, has found a method to cheaply and directly pull carbon-dioxide pollution out of the atmosphere and turn it into fuel.

Q&A: What does the future hold for smart homes in smart cities? Special

There is plenty that is banded about in relation to smart homes, but is this concept limited to an array of voice activated gadgets or does the smart home of the future promise something more? A leading expert in smart technology explains more.

From beep to boom: Europe hears call of Chinese phones

Paris - China's smartphone makers have long been confined to their enormous local market but this is fast changing, with a growing number of western European users opting for a relatively cheap but still sleek Chinese-made upgrade.

Meet Aeolus, the European Space Agency’s wind-sensing satellite

Before ESA’s Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proudly in the cleanroom.

NASA's Mars CubeSats notch another spaceflight first

On May 5, 2018, NASA launched a stationary lander called InSight to Mars. Riding along with InSight were two briefcase-sized CubeSats, the first of their kind of spacecraft to fly into deep space.

Facebook gave user data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist.

Facebook is killing the controversial 'Trending' news section

Facebook has announced plans to discontinue its Trending news module next week. The feature, located at the top-right portion of the News Feed, provided links to news stories that people were sharing and commenting about on Facebook.

Small military contract started an internal war at Google

A Google scientist warned in an internal email that the company's involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

China just invited the world to its new orbital space station

China has taken s significant step toward international cooperation by inviting the world to its planned orbital space station. The China Space Station, or CSS, could become operational as soon as 2022.

Using an AI named Polly to predict human behaviour

AI is a game changer during election time and it's made its way into the Ontario election with Polly — the AI from Advanced Symbolics Inc., a company that describes itself at the intersection of artificial intelligence and market research.

UPPLift Toronto announces seven winners of Urban Pilot Program

UPPlift: Toronto announced the seven winning innovators selected to pilot their smart city technologies in test-beds across the city, through the first-ever Urban Pilot Program (UPP) in Toronto.

Satellite imagery makes it hard to hide from the tax collectors

If you thought you could conveniently forget to put your home addition or swimming pool on next year's tax return, you may be surprised to learn the Tax Guy in the Sky will see your new addition even if it’s hidden from the street.

Rare element helps develop high speed electronics

A rare Earth element can provide a better starting material for the development of high-speed electronics, which can be used in communication devices.

Op-Ed: Tropical systems and lava flow as seen by our 'eyes in the sky'

Hundreds of satellites are orbiting the Earth in either polar or geostationary positions. And while we know there are military and telecommunication satellites, perhaps the most important ones are the satellites that monitor the weather and environment.

Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect

Washington - Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet.

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection campaigner Schrems

Vienna - As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and seven years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes.

Happy GDPR Day — but not for some US websites

Apo - The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users.

NOAA investigating why GOES-17 can't keep it cool in space

On March 2, 2018, NASA successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - the GOES-17, and recently, it was working fine. Now, there's a glitch in the system.

Rush to comply with new EU data law

Apo - Companies made a last-minute rush Thursday to comply with new European Union data protection laws that Brussels says will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".
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