AI and Robotics

Access the latest Canadian research on innovation, emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, cyber threats, and security.

Canadian Economics   November 16, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a long history, with the first AI program often attributed as the “Logic Theorist,” created in 1956. More recently, advancements in machine learning algorithms, and the growing availability of large data sets on which to train models, have led to a proliferation of AI applications. However, in November 2022, the release of ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) by OpenAI marked a turning point in public interest.

Issue briefing  •  13-min read
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Instead of Competing Directly with the U.S., Canada Should Develop a Parallel Clean-Tech Strategy

Canadian Economics   October 30, 2023

Our ability to invest big in clean tech and innovation is constrained. Amidst a challenging economic outlook, Ottawa needs to retain fiscal flexibility while finding ways to accelerate private investment in this industry.

OP-ED  •  4-min read

Navigating the Transition

Education & Skills   October 10, 2023

Canada’s insurance industry is poised for significant growth in the coming years, even with the abundance of job vacancies already existing. This additional growth will create even more demand for skilled professionals to fill numerous job opportunities.

Issue briefing   •   12-min read

How to Overcome Canada’s Innovation Paradox

Innovation & Technology   September 11, 2023

Canada has an innovation problem, and without a significant, continuous, and national effort to foster innovation and capture the value of intellectual property, economic growth in Canada will remain insufficient and our standard of living will continue to decline.

Op-ed   •   3-min read

An Eighth Straight Drop in Business Confidence

Canadian Economics    August 10, 2023

Since the second quarter of 2021, the Index has now dropped 33.1 points and continues to be the worst spell on record. Some question marks remain as to when this downward run will take a positive turn, but the general belief must be sooner rather than later.

Quick take   •   3-min read

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Demographic Analysis of the P&C Insurance Industry in Canada: HR Professionals

Canadian Economics    July 12, 2023

A slowdown is still on the horizon for an economy that has shown remarkable resilience to last year’s hike in borrowing costs. Price growth—what central banks around the world have tried to constrain—has shown only stubborn response so far to policy measures.

Impact paper   •   60-min read

Demographic Analysis of the P&C Insurance Industry in Canada: Career Perspectives of Employees

Canadian Economics    July 12, 2023

The Canadian labour market has experienced significant challenges since the last survey in 2017, with none more consequential than the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to unparalleled economic disruptions.

Impact paper   •   55-min read

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Governing Disruption: Toward Canada’s New Mobility Future

Sustainability    May 18, 2023

Technologies like vehicle automation, ride-hailing, and micromobility suggest many opportunities for improving local transportation systems. Automated vehicles, for example, can make transportation safer and more accessible. Ride-sharing can reduce rates of car ownership, and micromobility can provide a “last-mile” connection to public transit.

Issue briefing   •   17-min read

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The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology

Canadian Economics     October 11, 2022

To help prepare Canadians for the future of work, our researchers and data scientists proudly developed the MOST on behalf of the Future Skills Centre. A sophisticated and data-rich projection tool, the MOST is designed to offer unique insights into the skills that will power Canada’s future labour markets.

Online experience   •   8-min read
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Competition in Canadian Telecom: Implications of Consolidation

Innovation & Technology     June 2, 2022

At the most basic level, telecommunications infrastructure saves time, energy, labour, and capital by condensing the time and space required for production, consumption, market activities, government operations, and educational and health services. With around $39 billion in gross value added, the Canadian telecommunications industry accounted for approximately 2 per cent of national GDP in 2020. The industry directly employed over 115,000 workers that year.

Impact paper   •   25-min read