Articles By Christine Wong

New Microsoft Canada president makes the case for “cool” Canadian innovation

When journalists sat down to ask Kevin Peesker questions on Wednesday - their first opportunity since he took over the top job at Microsoft Canada - he had a couple of questions for

Published on: October 18th, 2017 Christine Wong

Top Canadian researcher says AI robots deserve human rights

Should artificially intelligent robots have the same rights as people? Yes, says one of Canada’s top artificial intelligence (AI) entrepreneurs. Suzanne Gildert is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Kindred AI, a Vancouver

Published on: October 11th, 2017 Christine Wong

Inside Vena Solutions’ new Toronto headquarters

Published on: October 10th, 2017 Christine Wong

New global study finds AI may create more jobs than it kills

New global research indicates artificial intelligence may create more jobs than it replaces, countering fears the technology will be the twenty-first century’s biggest job killer. In Capgemini's survey of 993 companies that have

Published on: September 29th, 2017 Christine Wong

Tweet analysis could pinpoint where to send emergency help in disasters like Harvey

YouTuber Casey Neistadt makes his living on social media, but during Hurricane Harvey, he used it to save a life. Neistadt, who has 7.7 million YouTube subscribers, lives in New York with his wife

Published on: September 8th, 2017 Christine Wong

Canadian startups are noticing U.S. headlines about sexism in tech – but will they take action?

Dave McClure was always known for having a potty mouth. So when he took the stage for a Q&A at Montreal Startup Fest in July 2016, event founder Philippe Telio jokingly asked him

Published on: August 30th, 2017 Christine Wong

Self-driving wheelchair, IoT tourism app tap into foreign research talent with Mitacs program

Although Nahed Belhadj is from Tunisia, she may know more about the historical landmarks and tourist attractions of Saint John, N.B. than some locals. Belhadj, 23, spent three months in the Maritimes working

Published on: August 4th, 2017 Christine Wong

Top four UX tips for digital marketers from TechWeek Toronto

Online travel giant Expedia had no idea that one tiny box on its website was sending customers on a journey to Confusion City, a virtual side trip that cost the company $12 million

Published on: July 26th, 2017 Christine Wong

Can Canada’s AI sector compete with big U.S. companies for talent?

American companies are setting up artificial intelligence hubs north of the border, deepening the pool of AI expertise in Canada. But those same companies might also be providing Canadian firms with tough new

Published on: July 19th, 2017 Christine Wong

Canadian fintechs join the global fight against pesky, costly patent trolls

Two Canadian fintech companies have teamed up with some of America’s biggest tech giants to fend off patent trolls. Although they represent two extremes of Canada’s financial services sector – FI.SPAN is a

Published on: July 12th, 2017 Christine Wong

Talent shortfall, funding crunch could slow Canada’s VR sector, report warns

Canada’s virtual reality sector is in a sweet spot to capitalize on mass consumer adoption of VR technology, according to a new study. But the same research predicts that tipping point is still

Published on: June 27th, 2017 Christine Wong

Uber’s head of deep learning shares his top AI business tips

Businesses should focus on using deep learning technology to help their employees, not replace them, a top Uber executive said Tuesday. So far, much of the public debate around artificial intelligence (AI) has

Published on: June 20th, 2017 Christine Wong

Ottawa’s Pythian dives into cloud-based analytics with new platform Kick AaaS

After two decades and a deck of 65 slides, Paul Vallee finally got around to holding the first official product launch in his Ottawa company’s 20-year history. That product is an analytics-as-a-service (AaaS) offering

Published on: June 15th, 2017 Christine Wong

York Region tech firms do business globally but partner locally

Creative Capital is IT World Canada’s series that examines the impact digital transformation is having to change the face of communities across Canada. We’re doing deep dives looking at the major tech hubs

Published on: June 5th, 2017 Christine Wong

Survey shows big gap between Canadian retail’s mobile commerce intentions vs. implementation

Canadian retailers talk a better game than they play when it comes to adopting mobile commerce. In a new AMEX survey released Tuesday, 76 per cent of Canadian merchants agreed mobile commerce is

Published on: May 30th, 2017 Christine Wong