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Montreal AI event kicks off with call ‘to move from fear to opportunity’

MONTREAL — At the sprawling Palais des congrès on Wednesday, a freakish AI-powered robot held court. A robot dog walked around. AI, we are told, is streamlining bulky item delivery services, revolutionizing gastrointestinal research and saving the bananas. It might be the first year for the All In artificial intelligence conference in Montreal, but organizers and attendees had the vibe down pat.

The biggest news came early, from Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne. He announced a voluntary code for generative AI, which includes large language models that produce text and code, as well as image-making tools like Midjourney. The signatories—which include Canadian AI firms Cohere, Coveo and Ada—pledge to assess the potential negative impacts of these systems.

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