Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Organizers had expected a handful of remote presenters, but ended up with more than 40.Research presented at the workshop covered highly technical topics including recurrent neural networks, finite automata, and how to get machines to detect early signs of breast cancer.The visa problems prompting complaints at NeurIPS appear to reflect longstanding challenges for people from certain countries, particularly in Africa, in traveling to Canada.

Tundra-Trailblazing Beavers Shaped How We Coexist

Tundra-Trailblazing Beavers Shaped How We Coexist

Hard, heavy stuff could be passed down through generations, where light, ephemeral stuff was best used for far and wide proselytizing.Because the parties to the fur trade mimicked, and pushed, one another forward—beavers imitated the damming styles of humans, humans dressed as beavers, animal and human cultures fought and fused—their ways of communicating evolved rapidly.The beavers inspired a media theory that oral, print, and digital media are always biased.Innis’ germinal work inspired the so-called Toronto School, which helped shape the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, named for Innis’ most famous protégé, Marshall McLuhan.

Lone Narwhal Caught Chilling with Gang of Beluga Whales in Canada

Lone Narwhal Caught Chilling with Gang of Beluga Whales in Canada

He probably fled there after his Arctic habitat lost too much ground to climate-related ice melt, according to biologists at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) — a nonprofit whale conservation group based in Quebec, Canada.

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

Wetland soil carbon, accumulated over millennia and now being released to the atmosphere at an accelerating pace, cannot be regained within the next few decades, which are a critical window for addressing climate change.

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

By helpfully suggesting talking points to resellers—or MVNOs, for Mobile Virtual Network Operators—including Mint Mobile, Republic Wireless, and Ting, all of which lease access from the Big Four network operators (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) in order to sell phone and data services to customers, T-Mobile is following the usual "air of inevitability" merger playbook.Susan Crawford (@scrawford is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, a professor at Harvard Law School, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.What's so troubling about T-Mobile's get-out-the-vote campaign is who is aiding the company’s lobbying.

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

But the number of partial transits will increase as cruise ships, mining companies and future oil and gas activity focus their eyes on the Arctic.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval permit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because First Nations had not been adequately consulted and because the implications of increased tanker traffic on the precarious orca whale populations on the West Coast had not been taken into account.