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Can’t-miss tech events for December 2022

From new ideas to address climate change to the ethics of using AI to help humans make decisions, the December calendar has great events for everyone in Canadian tech.


Discover solutions to our climate problems

MaRS Climate Impact is bringing some of the world’s top tech and finance leaders to Toronto for two days of sessions, demos, debates and pitches. Can’t-miss speakers include legendary Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla, Marcius Extavour of XPRIZE and Catherine Abreu of Destination Zero. You’ll also hear about the latest technologies from ventures such as ALT TEX, Carbon Engineering and Nectar. November 30 and December 1, MaRS Centre and online


Meet the new faces of venture capital

The Schulich Startups Women in Venture Capital Venture Series features an insightful panel of women investors sharing their experiences and how they are changing the industry. Hosted by Cherry Rose Tan, general partner at Renew VC, the panelists include Lauren Epstein (StandUp Ventures), Sanjana Basu (Radical Ventures) and Shelley Li (CIBC Innovation Banking). December 1, Antler Canada


Dive into the ethics of AI-assisted decisions

From driver assistance technologies in cars to AI systems that highlight abnormalities on medical images, machines are increasingly nudging humans towards particular courses of action. The next edition of the SRI Seminar Series features Talia B. Gillis, an associate professor of law and Milton Handler Fellow at Columbia University, who will speak about the fairness of machine-assisted human decisions and what research is needed to improve these tools. December 7, virtual


Find out how new tech is changing traditional industries

Canada’s longstanding powerhouse industries like forestry and mining may seem like worlds away from the emerging economy of digital technologies and innovative biotech, but there are more links than you might think. At Reimagining Canada’s Traditional Economy: Genomics and Digital Technology, the Innovation Economy Council will consider how technologies like genomics and biomanufacturing can help reimagine traditional industries. December 13, virtual


Explore the influence of social media

From climate change to homelessness, shame is being weaponized and used to shift responsibility for addressing social issues from institutions to individuals. That’s the idea behind the book The Shame Machine by American mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil. The work, which examines the relationship between shame, power and social media, will be discussed at the next Culture and Technology Book Club. December 6, Toronto Reference Library


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