Can you imagine a country that can afford to hire thousands of computer scientists, engineers, and designers to design the software that powers the most popular consumer electronics, like smartphones, cars, and drones?
It would certainly take a lot of money.
But Canada can afford it.
The country’s $3.6 billion in new government grants for computer science and engineering programs, which started in 2018, has helped boost Canada’s rank among the top 10 per cent of the world’s top 20 technology nations, according to a report by Canadian technology consultancy McKinsey & Co. Canada is also the only developed country to have received more than $100.5 million in such government funds, and the average grant for software-related work has risen to $15 million a year, according the report.
Canada has been on the cusp of another software boom for years, with its economy expected to grow by 7 per cent annually for the next 10 years, according a McKinsey report.
The software boom is also helping Canada retain its position as a global leader in AI, artificial intelligence, robotics, and robotics.
That’s due in part to the country’s government’s $2.4 billion investment in a new, artificial-intelligence-focused research institute in Waterloo, Ont., led by the Canadian Institute for Research on Advanced Industrial Control, or CIARUS.
The institute is one of five new centers that were announced in 2019, and will support the development of advanced AI in Canada.
“It’s an exciting time for our economy and for our country,” CIARS CEO John Schmitt told the Financial Post.
“I think it’s a very important part of Canada’s strategy,” Schmitt said, pointing to its investments in research and innovation.
“We have a great track record and a strong track record of creating new technologies.”
The CIARU is currently a $5 million-a-year research institute focused on machine learning, robotics and automation.
It’s not a program that is likely to generate much revenue.
But its funding will provide much-needed investment in Canada’s AI and robotics research and development, Schmitt added.CIARUS was founded in the early 2000s, when the University of Waterloo’s Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory, or CIRL, was founded by Canadian computer scientist and computer-science pioneer Chris Anderson.
The lab’s focus is on the use of artificial intelligence to create artificial-intelligent systems, and to understand how the processes that go into these systems work.
The institute has a $200 million endowment, which it invests in research into a variety of areas including computer vision, artificial general intelligence, and machine learning.
It is also a major funder of the Canadian Institutes for Innovation Research, which supports research in research-intensive areas, such as health and social sciences, computing, and technology.
In the same way, CIAR is also an investor in a number of universities, including the University in Toronto, which is ranked as the fourth-best university in the world, according Thomson Reuters Technology’s 2016 list of the top universities in the country.
The CIArUS endowment is a big chunk of the $7.5 billion that Ottawa earmarked for its innovation funding program in 2021.
This money is used to provide the research and infrastructure to support Canada’s innovative research and create jobs.
“This money is really going into the research infrastructure, and we’re putting in the research that will support innovation,” said Andrew Miller, deputy minister of finance and innovation, in an interview with The Canadian Press.
But CIAR has also taken a much larger role in the development and implementation of the countrys research in artificial intelligence.
Its $1 billion in funding for the CIAR-funded BrainGate Initiative is one example of CIAR’s investment in Canadian-funded research.
The fund will support researchers in the United States and China who want to develop a method to detect and predict brain damage in Alzheimer’s patients, which could lead to treatments for the disease.
The university’s other funding includes $800 million for CIAR researchers in Ontario and Canada, according McKinsey, which has also contributed to the CIArUs research.
CIAR also invests in other research, including a $500 million project to develop “brain mapping technology” to help scientists understand the neural connections between neurons in the brain.CIARS is also working with the government on an innovation fund that would provide grants to Canadian companies and universities for research projects in the area of artificial-agent design.
“CIAR is working on the next generation of artificial agents that can be used in research in neuroscience, medical imaging, and in the areas of cybersecurity,” Miller said.
“These new technologies are not only enabling new ways of using our computers to make new and better products, but they are also allowing us to take advantage of new opportunities in information technology and the Internet of Things,” he added.
The Canada Research Chairs program is another one of the government’s innovation programs.
It was launched in