Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Machines Thinking Like Humans...no really.

Well... not quite, but at least our elected officials up on parliament hill are actually rewarding those in our Canadian scientific community who are, as a well spoken man once put it, doing something "truly revolutionary" when it comes to innovation and advancement in technology. To make a long story short, a Toronto professor Hinton from the U. of T. was recently awarded $1M to further his research in studying how neural networks (collections of brain cells) work together to learn based on their interactions with one another. Practical applications? Creating software algorithms that mimic these biological processes allowing programmers and engineers to create advanced artificial intelligence programs used in things like complex simulations and automation. So, Matrix anyone...?

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Federal Government Appeals Federal Courts Decision on Mobile Ownership Laws

Today, Industry Minster Tony Clement announced the Federal Government will appeal last years Federal Court decision to deny the governments '09 overruling allowing mobile newcomer WIND Mobile into the Canadian mobile market. The government says this is being done in efforts to support much needed market competition and consumer choice in Canada's consumer mobile industry. Minister Clement would not give specifics on the governments stance on foreign ownership.

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