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Can computers pick stocks better than humans can? Investment firms think so

The fact that people program AI to analyze specific information is also a factor. What if they tell it to focus on the wrong data sets? And what happens if everyone's AI is looking at the same things? "The market would become perfectly efficient," says Sebastien Betermier, a finance professor at McGill University. "There would be nothing to predict anymore." ...

Published: 23 Nov 2017

RBC looks to get smart with Montreal artificial intelligence lab

While the Borealis labs work collaboratively, she said the contribution of McGill professor Jackie Cheung as an academic adviser will allow the Montreal lab to focus on his expertise of natural language processing.

Read more: CTV News

Published: 22 Nov 2017

How Canada can lead the world in innovating innovation

Op-ed by Richard Gold, James McGill professor at McGill University

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Published: 20 Nov 2017

Book about Siberian penal colonies wins US $75,000 Cundill history prize

British historian Daniel Beer was awarded the international Cundill History Prize at a gala in Montreal on Thursday for his book on Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 17 Nov 2017

These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

“The authors of this study have developed a tool to determine the sensitivity of sea level rise at specific coastal sites to melting from different sectors of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets,” said Natalya Gomez, a geoscientist at McGill University in Canada who studies sea level rise. “This tool will help to provide coastal planners with improved sea level projections as models and measurements of ice loss are refined.” ...

Published: 16 Nov 2017

The evolutionary reason why fish don't swim upside down

A group of African catfish have fully embraced upside-down life. Their behavior is the result of a bottom-dwelling fish adapting to take advantage of oxygen-rich water near the surface. A catfish’s mouth is on its underside, so it was likely easiest for the fish to simply turn upside down and treat the top of the water the same as it used to treat the bottom says Lauren Chapman, who studies fish respiration at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec....

Published: 14 Nov 2017

Quebecers take highest number of sick and personal days in Canada

For experts like McGill University professor Dr. Charles Sounan, who is a medical scientist and chief of the MUHC's research and wellness division, the findings are troubling and need to be addressed immediately. "It's like a wakeup call," said Sounan. "It tells us we don't do enough in terms of promoting wellness at work and promoting global health for our employees." ...

Published: 13 Nov 2017

End Canada's criminal ban on contentious CRISPR gene-editing research, major science group urges

The step would be a “game-changer,” said Bartha Knoppers, a health-policy expert at McGill University, in a presentation to the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings of stem-cell and regenerative-medicine researchers.

Read more: National Post

Published: 10 Nov 2017

English F-word acceptable for French broadcasts, regulator says

Chantal Bouchard, a sociolinguist with McGill University, said the English obscenity is fairly commonly used by French speakers in informal conversation. Unlike French swear words, which Bouchard said have their origins in religious references, the English terms have less power to shock a listener, she said. ...

Published: 9 Nov 2017

Good public policy doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work

Op-ed by Christopher Ragan, an economist and the inaugural director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, which launches this week in Montreal. "Good public policy is a foundation of peace and prosperity. But it doesn't just happen; it takes real effort by dedicated people who recognize the public interest. Canada needs more of them." ...

Published: 8 Nov 2017

McGill University launching school of public policy

The university will launch the Max Bell School of Public Policy Tuesday at noon at Montreal’s Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on Canada’s policy challenges. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 7 Nov 2017

Montreal conference addresses problematic artificial intelligence issues

“If you have an algorithm that sees biased data, gender biased, racially biased, biased based on economic status and so on, the algorithm is going to ingest that and result in a biased model,” Doina Precup, a professor of computer science at McGill and the head of Google-affiliated DeepMind’s Montreal research lab, said in a session at the conference. ...

Published: 6 Nov 2017

Election issues: Who will improve public transit in Montreal?

Ahmed El-Geneidy, an associate professor at McGill’s School of Urban Planning, disagrees with his Concordia counterparts, saying both mayoral candidates are promising major transit projects and he believes both will be able to deliver.

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Published: 3 Nov 2017

Gaona: Here's why Catalonia’s 'independence' isn't viable

Op-ed by Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

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Published: 1 Nov 2017

2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada index

McGill is the second greenest campus in Canada according to the 2017 Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking. Find out more: Corporate Knights

Published: 31 Oct 2017

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