Canada Emerging as Leader in Artificial Intelligence

Canada is a leading country in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The concept of deep learning was essentially developed in Canada, and Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) is excited to become part of the Canadian fabric of the AI enabled community.

One of the first applications of AI, according to the Information and Communications Technology Council, dates back as far as the 1970s from the Université de Montréal, where researchers developed a fully automatic machine learning program that could translate weather forecasts at Dorval Airport. Then, in 1982, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research took an interest in AI and robotics, recognizing their potential importance to Canada’s future.

RAD sees the potential that AI presents within the Canadian market and beyond, and recently partnered with AI powerhouse NVIDIA to integrate the company’s Jetson embedded computing platform into RAD’s S5 Security Robot. Using the Jetson platform’s high-performance, power-efficient supercomputing for deep learning and computer vision, RAD’s security robots can be more predictive, accurate, productive and easily reconfigured for a variety of tasks. Integrating the robot with the Jetson platform allows a higher level of autonomy, while adding advanced human and vehicle detection on the moving robot.

Canadian companies have successfully competed in global markets through smart adoption of new technologies. RAD is committed to delivering security solutions that utilize the latest technological advancements and provide significant performance and cost advantages over traditional solutions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced recently that he hopes to make Canada a “world leader” in AI. “Artificial intelligence will cut across nearly every industry,” Trudeau said. “In the years to come, we will see this leadership pay dividends in everything from manufacturing improvements to health-care breakthroughs, to stronger and more sustained economic and job growth.”

RAD CEO Steve Reinharz, born, raised and educated in Canada, cares deeply about AI, having authored a book on the subject while a student at Western University. Reinharz recently rewrote the book to create a format geared toward professionals.

RAD expects Canada to be a critical production and development hub for global operations in 2018 and looks forward to being a part of the country’s AI community and helping to advance understanding of AI and the development of technology across industries.

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