From surveillance capitalism to Russian hacking, these are the science and tech conversations that helped define Canada

The Decade in Science and Technology

As the 2010s come to close, we look back at a mix of your favourite stories and speakers. From surveillance capitalism to Russian hacking, these are the ideas, people, and conversations that helped define Canada




How We Made AI As Racist and Sexist As Humans

BY DANIELLE GROEN
AI influences everything from hiring decisions to loan approvals. Too bad it’s as biased as we are




Are You Afraid of Google? BlackBerry Cofounder Jim Balsillie Says You Should Be

BY BRIAN J. BARTH
The entrepreneur who made billions putting BlackBerrys into pockets is now sounding the alarm about Big Tech’s creep toward surveillance capitalism




Could the Russians Decide Canada’s Next Prime Minister?

BY JUSTIN LING
Why the upcoming federal election isn’t safe from manipulation by Moscow


Canadian Science

BY BOB MCDONALD
How Canada became a global trailblazer in scientific research



Building a Better Female Orgasm

BY SARAH BARMAK
With publicly funded sex research under fire in the United States, Canada is taking the lead in the science of sexuality




Uber VS Taxi

BY JONATHAN KAY
Ride-sharing apps like Uber are revolutionizing the way we travel and cabs are struggling to keep up




The Rise of Junk Science

BY ALEX GILLIS
Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news


How to Get Laid Without Your Phone

BY SIRI AGRELL
Why it’s better to talk in real life and get naked in the same room



The Bleak Reality of the Instagram Experience

BY TATUM DOOLEY
Pop-up attractions like the Happy Place are built for selfies, but does anybody actually enjoy going to them?




Political Polls Are Flawed. Can AI Fix Them?

BY MAX FAWCETT
Polls are a key source of information. But the process is outdated and the results are often inaccurate




Will Cryptocurrency Be Alberta’s Next Big Boom?

BY ETHAN LOUL
Why I quit my day job to become a Bitcoin miner




Rise of the Robots

BY SHARON J. RILEY
Automated trucks will transform an industry and put millions out of work


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