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The 15 members include startup CEOs, business executives and researchers. The panel will look at how to grow Canada’s AI sector while ensuring it abides by ethical principles. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The ethics of AI are of growing geopolitical importance, which is why Canada has partnered with France and the U.K. to form a research partnership led by CIFAR. The government panel’s role will be more commercial in nature, establishing a working group to commercialize Canadian-owned AI and data analytics. Google has two seats on this panel through Geoffrey Hinton, a vice-president, and Richard Sutton, who works for its sister company DeepMind. Beyond the panel, Element AI remains the federal government’s go-to company on all things artificial intelligence. In October 2018, The Logic reported that the firm had lobbied federal officials 32 times over the preceding six months, more than all other AI companies combined. Element has kept up the pace of its lobbying since then, lobbying 26 times since November 2018.

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They will join international stakeholders in creating the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an initiative aimed at the development of AI “based on shared values such as human rights, diversity, inclusion, innovation, and economic growth for all.” (The Logic)

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Talking point: The International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI) will be one of GPAI’s two international centres of expertise, and will include input from Mila research institute scientific director Yoshua Bengio. ICEMAI will hold its first plenary in Montreal next December.