As a solution-driven technology, artificial intelligence (AI) has a wide range of real-world applications, from financial services and insurance fraud detection to developing smart wearables to government decision-making.
Urban design meeting the unique needs of all residents
With more than 4.2 billion people – or about 55 per cent of the world’s population – living in the world’s urban centres, city life today often means crowded spaces, expensive housing, constant traffic and relatively higher rates of crime.
Imagine standing by a river and you see someone adrift in the current. You jump in and bring her to safety. Shortly after, another person appears in the water, struggling to stay afloat, then another. While it’s important to rescue these individuals, it is just as crucial to go upstream and investigate how they ended up in the water and prevent more people from falling in.
Gutsy kids make a stand for Crohn’s and colitis awareness and support
Imagine being asked why you missed school when the embarrassing truth is you had severe abdominal pain and needed to run to the bathroom to pass bloody diarrhea multiple times a day. This is often a sad reality for people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis when they experience a flare-up, says Mina Mawani, president and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
By 2056, 25 per cent of Canada’s population is expected to be 65 years of age and older, compared to 14 per cent in 2006. This rapid demographic shift raises questions about how Canadians can sustain a high quality of life and active social engagement as they age.
How to embed sustainability in day-to-day operations and decision-making
There is consensus among leaders in business, government and academia that the time to take action on social and environmental challenges is now. “Social responsibility and environmental sustainability are not just topics of discussion, they are realities this and future generations have to address. That’s not a luxury anymore, it’s a necessity,” says Ali Dastmalchian, dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU).