From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Four-city tour included participating in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions and developing trade and export opportunities for Canadian businesses
September 21, 2018 – Hong Kong, China
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, wrapped up a successful visit to China, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), where she represented Canada at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions and focused on developing export opportunities between China and Canada.
The Minister began her trip in Beijing, where she participated in a roundtable with the Canada China Business Council and the Mulan Club to discuss women entrepreneurship.
The Minister then travelled to Tianjin, where she toured the Sino-Canadian Eco-District, a $2.5-billion urban development project showcasing Canadian wood construction and energy-efficient building technologies. The following day, Minister Ng attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, where she participated in sessions on gender inclusivity in the workplace and supporting female entrepreneurship.
Minister Ng then travelled to Shenzhen, where she toured the HAX Accelerator, one of the world’s largest hardware accelerators and host to a number of Canadian start-ups—about 12 percent of its total. The Minister also held productive discussions with Chinese shipping firms on logistics and shipping goods between Canada and China, and she met with representatives from the CanCham PRD, a group of Canadian business people working in the Pearl River Delta region of China.
The Minister concluded her visit in the Hong Kong SAR, where she met with Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong SAR, to discuss further collaboration on and support for innovation and technology. The Minister also participated in a roundtable with Hong Kong investors, hosted by the Business Development Bank of Canada, on the many investment opportunities Canada offers.
Throughout her tour, Minister Ng held a series of meetings with Canadian start-ups, business owners and investors operating in China and the Hong Kong SAR, including Shenzhen Bay Technology Company, SF Express, Tencent and Horizons Ventures. By strengthening Canada-China business-to-business connections, the Government of Canada is helping Canadian businesses make inroads into an important global market.
“The relationship between Canada and China, including Hong Kong, continues to strengthen and grow through mutual understanding and shared priorities. Our two countries are committed to supporting women entrepreneurs, creating well-paying jobs for the middle class and fostering opportunities for our small businesses to start up, scale up and reach new markets.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
“Expanding trade opportunities in thriving markets such as China are integral to the Government of Canada’s trade diversification strategy. China is rapidly becoming the world’s largest economy, and its market size and growth offers significant opportunities for Canadian businesses of all sizes. There has never been a better time for Canadian businesses to excel in the global marketplace.”
– The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
#QUANTUM:TheExhibition; #OntarioScienceCentre; #MartinLaforest; #ChrisFerrie; #QuantumComputers; #digitalcomputers; #QuantumMechanics; #Geophysics; #QuantumSensors; #OntarioScienceCentre
Toronto, Aug 21 (Canadian-Media): The exhibition QUANTUM: The Exhibition opened its doors at the Ontario Science Centre on Aug 18, media reports said.
Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo was responsible for creating QUANTUM: The Exhibition and is also the Knowledge Partner for the exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.
This Canadian-made exhibition explores the research of the scientists who study at the quantum level to better understand the natural world.
Present in the exhibition were and Martin Laforest, PhD, Senior Business Development Manager and Quantum Tech Lead, ISARA Corporation and Chris Ferrie, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, and author of Baby University books.
Laforest (on the left) and Ferrie (on the right) answered to various questions put forth by the audience gathered there.
Laforest was mainly engaged with research of the Quantum Mecahics and he told that the Quantum Computers at present are the size of a room and that it would be many decades before a working computer would be introduced to the public or at the academic field.
He said when he started research in this field there were only about 10 researchers who were involved in this. But at present, tens of thousand researchers all over the world are working in this field.
Ferrie, more on the academic side said that till about a few years back Physics was considered a branch of Science. But now Geophysics has evolved as a subject of natural science.
Geophysics is concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis.
The visitors were introduced to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and that things at the subatomic scale behave very differently from the macroscopic world we know.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition is the first-ever travelling exhibition on quantum information science and technology and explores, through creative storytelling and interaction, how quantum mechanics and information technology are merging to create revolutionary technologies to reveal how we live, work and play.The exhibition also reveals how quantum technologies will impact computing, communication, information security, sensing and more.
The concept of quantum computers is elaborated as below:
The exhibition also showcases quantum/versus digital computers.
The Exhibition showscases how computers, digital communications, information security, medicine and geographical exploration can be transformed by quantum computing.
Kevin Resch, Interim Director, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo reportedly said that IQC, a global leader in quantum information research, had created this exhibition to show how quantum technologies like Quantification, Tunneling, Uncertainty, Entanglement, Interference, sensing the small, Quantum cooling will impact our future.
The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, is one of Canada's most popular iconic cultural attractions, and has been creating engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology for over 45 years.
As a global leader in life-long learning, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since opening its doors in 1969 and provides collaborative experiences, support 21st-century learning and builds world-class exhibition.
With its vision to have a more curious, creative and resilient world; and its mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, and its purpose is to believe science, technology and innovation will help us shape a better future for society and our planet.
Ontario Science Centre provides opportunities to explore, learn and collaborate and make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
In the 08/18/2018 edition:
By Matthew Lynch on Aug 17, 2018 05:54 am
When thinking about the requirements of a solid education, most people focus on the standard subjects such as reading and writing. But employers are increasingly asking for new hires who are proficient in soft skills. While there is no one universally accepted definition of “soft skills,” the basic idea is simple: soft skills are all of the non-academic skills that one needs to be successful on the job. And some of the newer educational reform efforts have recognized that skills such as flexibility, adaptation, leadership, and productivity need to be explicitly taught in schools in order for students to develop the soft skills that they will need to succeed on the job.
Judicious use of digital tools can help in the effort to teach soft skills. For example, many digital platforms encourage student collaboration and thus give students the opportunity to practice working together. Students creating a digital mind map as a learning product or jointly writing a case study in a Google doc will have opportunities to refine their skills at working together.
Time management and productivity is a challenge for many people in the digital age—it is almost always the case that there is something on social media that is more interesting than the document that you are supposed to be reading, and it is always just one click away. But the temptations that digital tools create can sometimes be solved by digital tools, and students (and adults) can learn to self-regulate through time management and productivity tools that are freely available.
Most educators who have attempted to infuse their instructional activities with edtech have learned the hard way that things do not always go according to plan. But wise educators will turn this into a learning opportunity: the inevitable challenges to getting technology to work properly can become a powerful lesson on adaptability and flexibility that will help students develop these soft skills.
Another crucial soft skill is open-mindedness. Edtech tools that encourage students to think outside of the box can be very helpful in developing this key skill. There are many programs and platforms that make it easy for classrooms to be linked to other classrooms in other countries for collaborative projects, and this is exactly the kind of experience that will help students learn to think more broadly.
In short, the need for soft skills isn’t going away—if anything, these skills will become more important in an increasingly-digital workspace.
The post Using Digital Tools to Teach Soft Skills appeared first on The Tech Edvocate.
Science 17 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6403, pp. 658-659
Early processing in the brain tends to simply represent external information from the sensory organs. However, to behave appropriately, organisms need to structure this input into meaningful categories and concepts. Brincat et al. recorded from multiple regions along the processing hierarchy in monkey brains while the animals performed sophisticated categorization tasks. Lower-level areas conveyed strong information about sensory stimuli within their preferred domains but indicated hardly any abstraction beyond the raw sensory inputs. In contrast, the prefrontal cortex, despite containing relatively weak information overall, showed strongly abstracted, task-relevant coding. Intermediate areas exhibited mixed representations, with partial categorical coding occurring in some domains but not others. Representational transformation thus happens gradually, across multiple cortical processing steps, rather than in a discrete, all-or-nothing fashion.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 10.1073/pnas.1717075115 (2018).
Image: Title: Monkeys use sophisticated categorization strategies—for example, while selecting what to eat.
PHOTO: TAYAWEE SUPAN/SHUTTERSTOCK
#humanlikerobots; #humanoidbots; #judgmentalhumans; #robots
Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to a new study, humanlike robots could be could be beneficial and improve your focus on the task at hand, media reports said..
With the rising popularity of humanoid bots in our day-to-day lives, scientists are trying to understand how their presence affects our thinking and behavior.
For this 58 people a common test, by researchers to measure focus, and were shown a series of words printed in different colors.
Ths subjects were asked to identify the color, ignoring the word itself.
Their scores were determined by the speed with which they responded.
Subjects were asked to take the test twice, first alone.
During the second time, they were presented with a new set of words while being watched for by for 60% of their tasks, by a humanlike robot, who stood 1.5 meters.
Before taking the test the subjects were asked to acquaint themselves with the robot, asking it a series of prewritten questions.
The robot was programmed to respond with either friendly, positive answers (good robot), or abrasive, negative ones (bad robot).
Researchers reported in Science Robotics (Aug 15) that subjects who were exposed to the “bad” robot finished the test faster than when they were alone.
However, there was no increase in the speed of the group that interacted with the “good” robot.
The researchers concluded that this might be due to presence of the cranky robot which caused the subects to have a raised state of alertness that improves their focus.
The same effects were revealed earlier with judgmental humans.
This is the first study to examine the phenomenon with robots.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
#OntarioScienc Centre, #PoPnology, #Virtualreality, #DrMauriceBitran, #TimeMachine
Toronto, June 17 (Canadian-Media): PoPnology, the interactive, travelling exhibition, expected to run in Ontario Science, Toronto from May 19, 2018 - August 6, 2018, is the convergence between popular culture and current technology and shows how human imagination has the power to predict the future, media reports said.
Reportedly one of the world's first interactive science museums, the Science Centre contains an array of inspiring installations and exhibit halls.
This interactive, travelling exhibition, PoPnology explores how popular films, television, books and art influence our past, present and future.
Through immersive games, hands-on robotics and futuristic technology, POPnology uncovers the magnitude of pop culture’s impact on how we play, connect, move, live and work, the four main areas into which PoPnology is divided.
How we play takes you through the inspiration and invention of games, robots and virtual reality that impacts life and leisure.
Robot/Ontario Science Centre
How We Move explores the history of human transport — from fantasies of flying and time-travelling cars to vehicles that can travel on other planets.
How We Live and Work brings you today’s fascinating innovations that were predicted long ago in books and movies
Through immersive games, hands-on robotics and futuristic technology, you’ll see just how far we’ve come and where we're going.
How We Connect takes you into the world that brought you the social media and Artificial Intelligence assistances you use every day.
During an interview session with Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer of the Ontario Science Centre on the opening day of PoPnology, Dr Maurice Bitran said the research that is done in Science and technology is more about communicating with the students. He said the need of the hour was to "solve the very significant sustainability problem of science, technology and innovation."
Dr Maurice Bitran
He said our kids in Ontario are exposed to Science in grade 9th and 10th and that the centre needed to do some intervention before that in such a way that kids are able to absorb all aspects of science and technology in the best perspective.
Ontario Science Centre collaborates with various universities, colleges and research centres and the interactive exhibition, PoPnology is the result of its collaboration with Durham College who was responsible for sponsoring this program.
To extend the POPnology experience, the Ontario Science Centre offers extended, hands-on programming throughout the exhibition.
POPnology includes: Hands-on robotics; virtual projection games; futuristic musical instrument technology; immersive games, including virtual reality gaming, Robotic arm interactives and much more.
Virtual Reality/Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre's research is in fact all about communication, not only between the researchers, the students and other public; it is about communicating between the past, present and the future.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#EuropeanUnion’sGeneralDataProtectionRegulation; #JasonKint; #GPDR; #Google; #Facebook, #EuropeanConsumerOrganisation; #JeffChester
Ottawa, May 26 (Canadian-Media): European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), which came into effect on Friday, as a defining moment for the digital economy, are a complex set of laws, said Data-privacy advocates, which empowers users more control over their personal information and check Big Tech companies to track users across the web, media reports said.
But others warn that the rules would reportedly further allow social-media giants Facebook and Google to consolidate their digital power.
Investors ar have been keeping a close watch on what the rules will mean for digital advertising by Google and Facebook.
Many changes have been put forth by these to comply with the new law such as privacy features, to users outside of Europe as well.
Dave Wehner, Facebook chief financial officer, expressed his concerns last month, that European user base of Facebook’s could decline after the GDPR comes into effect.
According to estimates of financial analysts, if users start denying permission to access their data, both firms could suffer a loss of billions in advertising income.
Regulators and activists who reportedly are keen to make big tech companies a test case for the new rules would reportedly be the biggest risk to Google and Facebook
Google and Facebook, which last year captured more than 80 percent of the growth in digital advertising, “are surely going to be on everyone’s list,” David Martin Ruiz, senior legal officer for the European Consumer Organisation, an umbrella group of consumer watchdogs, said
U.S. privacy activists are planning to work with their European counterparts to focus attention on U.S. companies operating across the EU, said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington-based non-profit.
Tech companies “think they can get away with their business model without changing their practices,” he said. “This is going to be a serious war that will soon ensue.”
Many are also concerned that instead reducing the power of Big Tech, GDPR might allow social-media giants to extend their dominance over the digital-advertising market by favouring its own data-gathering capabilities,
“They literally have dominance over the entire supply chain in a way that you don’t see in other unregulated markets,” said Jason Kint, CEO of one of the trade organizations, Digital Content Next.
“Facebook has just become the biggest data broker in the history of humanity,” John Battelle, a digital advertising executive and co-founder of Wired Magazine, wrote on his blog. “It just doesn’t want you to know that.”
New restrictions had been posed by Google on advertisers to export some user data needed to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns across multiple platforms, while it is still allowing markeers to use that same data in Google’s own in-house ad measurement tools.
Google told publishers it was changing its policies around user consent for Google’s advertising services.
Publishers are now required to get consent on Google’s behalf and have been left with very little choice but to try to work with Google, since the company controls so much of the online-advertising business.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)