Understanding Artificial Intelligence – Canadian Perspectives

(Disponible en français : Comprendre l’intelligence artificielle – Perspectives canadiennes) Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live, work, and play. This transformative technology can affect manufacturing, transportation, national security, the delivery of health care and other public or private services. Stemming from ongoing AI research, current developments include predictive analytics, natural language processing (understanding…

GIS: A Tool for Visualizing Data with a Geographic Element (Location Matters!)

(Disponible en français: Les systèmes d’information géographique (SIG) : des outils de visualisation de données associées à un emplacement géographique (la localisation, c’est important!)) “…if some countries have too much history, we have too much geography”: Former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.[1] A single map can convey information. But if you layer various datasets…

A Primer on Driverless and Connected Vehicles

Driverless vehicles, otherwise known as autonomous, automated or self-driving cars, are no longer science fiction. Several companies around the world are testing both driverless and so-called “connected” vehicles. Canadian consumers can currently access vehicles with low levels of automation and connectivity. On 20 September 2016, the United States Department of Transportation unveiled guidelines for the…

Part II: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: Assessment of Potential Technologies

Mohamed Zakzouk        Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division (This is the second in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part one explores progress in Canada and abroad.) The main technology options available to produce molybdenum-99 (99Mo) (or technetium-99m (99mTc) directly) can be grouped under two broad categories: reactor-based…

Part I: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: A Work in Progress

Mohamed Zakzouk Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division (This is the first in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part two provides an assessment of potential technologies.) The global supply of medical isotopes remains uncertain, despite increased efforts at home and abroad to secure production sources. The isotope technetium-99m…