By on May 8, 2017

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Uber must be feeling somewhat confident in its legal battle with Waymo over stolen autonomous tech, because it’s assembling a new artificial intelligence team in Canada.

The group will serve as part of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, which has found itself at the core of the lawsuit, and focus on enhancing the company’s autonomous vehicle software.

Based in Ontario, the team will be headed by Raquel Urtasun, a leader in the field of machine learning at the University of Toronto. Uber also plans to invest $5 million in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a nonprofit associated with the university. Despite being an important hub for the North American automotive industry, Toronto has seen engineers and researches move to the United States for work. Hoping to anchor talent in the North, the city established the MaRS Discovery District. MaRS is designed to attract companies and inspire investments into Canadian startups and seems to have worked its magic on Uber, who will be setting up the AI offices there.

According to Bloomberg, Urtasun will aid Uber in the future development of vision software that allows an autonomous vehicle’s camera system to make sense of the world around it. She’s taking a leave of absence from the university in order to focus on the project, allotting only a single day per week for U of T and the Vector Institute.

“The University of Toronto has long been considered a global leader in artificial intelligence research. That’s why we’re so pleased to see Professor Raquel Urtasun, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of machine perception, take on this incredibly exciting role,” Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, said in a statement.

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7 Comments on “Uber Builds New AI Team North of the Border as It Battles Lawsuit in the U.S....”


  • avatar
    Jagboi

    Is Toronto an importing hub, or do you mean important?

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Canada has seen an increase in “migration” of tech savvy personnel due to the popularity of the comb-over-in-chief south of the border.

  • avatar
    markf

    Is is at all possible for you to make a single comment without referencing Trump? Do you have any other thoughts besides Trump?

    His greatest ever real estate deal is getting to live inside your head rent free.

  • avatar
    sutherland555

    More than happy to see well-paid high tech jobs coming north of the border and boosting our economy. There’s a lot of talk about diversifying the Canadian economy away from being heavily dependent on resources so this is nothing but good news to me.

    • 0 avatar
      shoshone

      Yes please take as many tech jobs as you can. The locust like techies destroy the housing market for anyone who isn’t tech. Then they eat each other, laying waste to to what was here before their arrival.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        As opposed to most of what passes for “the economy” these days, techies are actually in the value add business. As in, produce something more valuable than the inputs consumed. They are not in any way, shape or form locust like.

        The entire idiot superstructure created of lawyers, banksters and other expendable riffraff that are, with the help of their captive junta, feeding off of what value techies are creating, are the ones causing problems. The techies did their thing much better, long before the parasites came dragging with Fed freshprint enabled stupid valuations of anything involving acts as advanced as spelling “coputer.” None of them need the so called “capital” the free freshprint army get handed to them by The Fed in ever greater amounts; as all it does it drive up the cost of the inputs needed for innovation. Hence transfer control over innovation away from competent people, and towards merely connected ones.

        What is “destroying” the “housing market” (racket is infinitely more accurate than market), is the same old money printing. And in addition, the idiotic theft racket called zoning. In a market, prices clear by supply rising to meet demand. If you can find a way to produce a cell phone cheaper than the prevailing price, you produce it. Increasing supply, until prices drop to where you can no longer produce a cell phone cheaper than the prevailing price. You make out by the differential opened up by the efficiency improvement you made, the rest of the world by the lower prices it eventually enables.

        The way the housing racket works, would be analogous to if those who happened to own a cell phone in 1990, could forever ban anyone else from building one. To ensure the price of their own cell phone were kept artificially high. That’why houses are expensive in the Bay Area. If it was up to techies, rather than reams of lawyers, banksters, self righteous mediocrities of all stripes and corruptocrats, the “problem” of housing would be attacked the same way techies attack all problems: By building better, cheaper, faster, more advanced…. And continuously doing so. Destroying the value of old junk, ensuring it gets replaced by newer, better, as quickly as possible.

        Since techies are, as stated at the opening, actually competent, productive people. Who hence do not need, nor want, laws, bans, harassments and all the other pathologies brought about, by the totalitarian junta state propped up by the bankster/lawyer/sales hack/bureaucrat/other assorted backmarker scum that has, and continue to, run a once decent country ever more thoroughly into the ground.

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