Data Daycare

Data Daycare

We are currently living in the “age of data”, where everything that surrounds us is linked to a data source and everything in our lives is captured digitally. The physical world around us has turned into raw information: internet, video, call data records, customer transactions, healthcare records, etc. We like to call it big data—and it is indeed getting bigger, growing exponentially with each passing day. Luckily, the opportunities to take this data and combine it with analytics to improve all aspects of our lives are also growing exponentially. The increasing prevalence of big data, however, draws questions and controversy about the safety of our own personal data, with tremendous potential to be exploited with wide-ranging consequences.

But there are some questions we must ask, too. How is automation impacting various sectors of the economy, from those where jobs are being destroyed to those where jobs are being created. How can society handle such a shift? Do we have the right public policy imperatives, and the right social infrastructure, to handle such shifts? What is the right ethical framework to make decisions about the deployment of automation/AI?

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Arvind Gupta

Dr. Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, and as the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs Inc. Arvind has published extensively on theoretical computer science, computational genomics, and national innovation strategies. Arvind has a record of accomplishment for initiatives that improve Canada’s productivity and competitiveness by successfully enhancing workforce skills through industry-academic partnerships. As the founder of Mitacs, he achieved success in interweaving graduate education with socioeconomic needs by bringing together 60 universities with more than 1,000 civil society partners. Most recently he co-founded Palette Skills Inc, a Federal not-for-profit dedicated to creating transition pathways to the knowledge economy for mid-career professionals whose careers are adversely being impacted by automation. Arvind was instrumental in creating the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Banff International Research Station (BIRS). He is a Senior Fellow of the Brookfield Institute and serves on the Boards of the India-Canada Research Centre of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS), BIRS, the Fields Institute, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, and SimTrec.
Florian Kerschbaum

Dr. Florian Kerschbaum

Florian Kerschbaum is an associate professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and executive director of the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. Before he worked as chief research expert at SAP in Karlsruhe, Germany and as a software architect at Arxan Technologies in San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a master's degree from Purdue University. His research interests revolve around data security and privacy in machine learning, IoT and blockchains. He is the inventor of more than 50 patents and one of only three authors worldwide that have two single author papers in the leading computer security conferences in the last ten years.

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