Emerging Technologies - Top 10
Turning Air into Water and CO2 into Fuel among Emerging Technologies of 2017
The World Economic Forum’s annual list of emerging technologies includes new techniques that allow drinking water to be harvested from air, and “artificial leaves” that convert CO2 into fuel; other technologies include applications for medicine, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and farming
A diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including “artificial leaves” that turn CO2 into fuel, and a technique that harvests water from air, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2017, an annual list which is published on Monday.
China Will Honour Its Commitment to Clean Technology
Breakthroughs in technology, such as energy storage and energy efficiency, are key, and policies should be in place to make every step of recycling profitable
China will prioritize green development and focus on clean technology, said Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, in a session at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which opened today. He stressed the global benefits of clean energy, and that China would work towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
KidsAbility is expanding in Cambridge and grows to meet the needs of children, youth and families
Over 60,000 children and youth with special needs have ben efited from life - changing therapy and support services at KidsAbility since 1957. As the organization celebrates six decades of service to the community, plans are underway to meet the needs of future generations of children and youth with special needs an d their families in Cambridge.
City of Kitchener to take new approach in exploring Creative Hub opportunity
Staff has concluded the procurement process for the lease of 44 Gaukel Street as a Creative Hub without awarding to a successful proponent, after no proposals met the criteria to move to forward to the second phase of the RFP process. Two compelling and well-researched proposals that were responsive to the needs articulated by creative industry stakeholders were evaluated. However, neither proposal contained a financial model that recovered common area maintenance fees and property taxes.
Good By Past
Smart Cities Set to Revolutionize Modern Face of Urban Living
Smart cities, initially an amorphous term, are premised on the adoption of existing technologies and capabilities to deliver safer, more efficient and sustainable cities; The prevailing challenges of smart cities will be in balancing open data and data security, and ensuring inclusivity, especially of ageing populations who tend to be less tech-savvy
Say goodbye to the past and live in the future, the modern face of cities as know them is set to be revolutionized, noted panellists in a session on the future of smart cities on the opening day of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions.
Checks and Balances of Inclusion Needed to Avert Artificial Intelligence ‘Divide’ between Haves and Have-Nots
Humanity can better harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) if we understand it and conquer the fear of it, soberly reckon with its potential social impact and adopt a more inclusive approach to deploying it
It’s not the armies of killer robots, but the impact on society that should worry us most about artificial intelligence: profound changes in the job market and in the nature of work, exacerbated income and wealth inequality, and a widening “AI divide” separating AI haves from have-nots. This was the consensus of a panel examining the state of artificial intelligence at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which opened today in Dalian.
Children with mental health challenges program receives OTF Grant
Kitchener On Friday, June 23rd, Carizon shared the results of a pilot project that established a multidisciplinary team approach to helping children with mental health challenges. An Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant allowed for the delivery of a comprehensive system of assessment that included professionals like occupational therapists, psychologists and speech and language therapists, to share their expertise so that the children could experience greater success in their learning environment.
Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies
Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study from the University of Waterloo suggests. The study, which used computer modeling of a flooded subway station, found overall survival rates were substantially higher when strong people in a 30-member group reached safety themselves before trying to help weaker people.
Cross Border Partnership
Ontario Centres of Excellence and Fintech Sandbox Announce New Partnership
Boston-based fintech ecosystem support non-profit comes to Canada with signing of MOU
Last Friday Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Boston-based FinTech Sandbox, signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and expand the FinTech Sandbox model into Canada, starting in Ontario.
Internet of Things
Premier Li: China Is Promoting Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is affecting every aspect of our lives and disrupting business models across the world, including in China
In his opening address at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China, acknowledged the widespread impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution across all economies, sectors and business models. He stressed the importance of pursuing strategies for inclusive growth to ensure that the negative effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are limited.
For China’s to Make its Financial Sector More Competitive, It Must Reform and Open Up
China’s opening up of its financial sector will offer more and investment opportunities to foreign players; Leverage in China is not that high, but is increasing at a rapid pace; Artificial learning and intelligence are creating new ways for financial companies to harness data and engage with customers
The Governor of the People’s Bank of China recently asserted that openness and reform would be crucial to making China’s financial sector more competitive in the world. In a session on the Global Implications of China’s Financial Reforms on the first day of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice-Chairman for Asia-Pacific at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Hong Kong SAR, agreed.
Ontario and Canada commit $8.4 million for affordable housing in Waterloo Region
The Governments of Ontario and Canada announced significant funding for affordable housing units across Waterloo Region with a ground-breaking event at 108 Sydney Street South in Kitchener. When completed, the KW Habilitation development will provide 22 units of affordable housing for people living with developmental disabilities.
2018 Provincial Election
Education leader Laura Mae Lindo Secures NDP nomination in Kitchener Centre
Laura Mae Lindo, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Director of Diversity and Equity, will be the NDP's candidate in Kitchener Centre in the 2018 provincial election.