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Kitchener robotics company backs campaign against killer robots
The Record
Clearpath Robotics may be the first company to endorse an international coalition opposed to the development of killer robots. Ryan Gariepy, the Kitchener company's co-founder and chief technology officer, said the rapidly growing technology company will not make weaponized robots that remove people from the decision to use lethal force.
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The rise of the helicopter teacher
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A week before the first paper was due, a young woman in my class raised her hand and asked where the rubric was. Shamefaced and stuttering, I had to admit that I had no idea what a rubric was. She helpfully explained that this was a set of guidelines explaining what I expected them to write, how I expected them to write it, and how each aspect of the paper would be evaluated.
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Harper government announces support for aerospace innovation at the 2014 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo
Government of Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today committed government support in the amount of $30 million over five years to a newly formed, industry-led network dedicated to aerospace innovation. The network, the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), launched in April 2014. Minister Fast made the announcement at the 2014 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo.
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Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation invests $3 million in Study North initiative
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines via Confederation College
Ontario is helping Northern Ontario's six community colleges market the North as a place to study and find work, thanks to a $3 million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) investment in Study North, a three-year marketing and recruitment initiative. The six colleges in the North (Confederation, Sault, Cambrian, Boréal, Northern and Canadore) will work with industry partners and other community organizations to identify labour shortages, skills needs and employment opportunities in an effort to attract more students to their respective campuses.
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Les jeunes du PLQ veulent abolir les cégeps
Radio-Canada
Les jeunes libéraux prônent l'abolition des cégeps pour privilégier plutôt un système d'éducation axé sur les besoins de l'entreprise. « Le modèle actuel d'éducation n'est plus adapté aux besoins du marché du travail du 21e siècle », croit le président de l'aile jeunesse du parti, Nicolas Perrino.
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Real Transformers? Self-assembling paper robots invented
CBC News
In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons. Borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of origami, children's toys and even a touch of the Transformers movies, scientists and engineers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created self-assembling, paper robots. They are made out of hobby shop materials that cost about $100.
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Kitchener robotics company backs campaign against killer robots
The Record
Clearpath Robotics may be the first company to endorse an international coalition opposed to the development of killer robots. Ryan Gariepy, the Kitchener company's co-founder and chief technology officer, said the rapidly growing technology company will not make weaponized robots that remove people from the decision to use lethal force.

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Mobile technology keeps lions, intruders off African farms
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What once required a system of kerosene lamps and a large refueling effort now requires only a SIM card. Farmers in the rural area of Kisamis in the Rift Valley of Kenya are too far away from urban centers to be on the national power grid, but are now able to use mobile technology to be able to protect their farms against intruders and lions.

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Is high school curiosity a measure of university success?
Maclean's
In What to Consider If You’re Considering University, Canadian academics Bill Morrison and Ken Coates offer a stern warning. They feel too many parents push their kids into university when they would be better off at polytechnics, colleges or apprenticing, because what they’re really after is a quick route to a good job, and universities can’t always deliver.

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Augmented reality: A disruptive technology in utility asset management
Directions
Disruptive innovation is all around us. In the recent past, wireless technology has fundamentally changed the nature of communications. In the last century, more and more of the dangerous jobs once requiring risk to personnel in various industries are now completed by machine. For instance, routine sewer inspections are now frequently completed using CCTV and other methods of remote inspection, reducing the need for workers to venture into the system. Advances in renewables like solar PV and energy storage seem poised to transform the electricity industry in the foreseeable future.
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Google's 'street view' technology goes under the sea to study coral reefs
Tech Times
Google's Street View Internet mapping technology, offering 360-degree sights of almost street anywhere in the world, is going underwater off the coast of Florida, researchers say. U.S. government researchers are experimenting with specialized lenses in the waters of the Florida Keys, hoping to apply "street view" map techniques to aid research efforts and management planning involving marine sanctuaries around the U.S.
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Philippines now on '5G' technology
Philstar
Telco Smart Communications Inc. announced Thursday the deployment of "5G" wireless technology Long-Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) in the Philippines, after offering the 4G LTE connectivity since 2012. "Smart switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City recently, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards," Smart said in a statement.
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Some of the internet's coolest new businesses are based on a technology older than the web
Quartz
Its hallmarks are everywhere. Twitter’s @username convention began there; so did its use of # to denote topics. A new generation of chat software — such as Slack and Hipchat, which businesses use for internal communication, and GroupMe, one of the first apps to make group text messaging possible — are based on its principles. It was born in 1988, it predates the web, and it’s called Internet Relay Chat — IRC.
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Wearable technology: Looking at the data behind the buzz
Information Age
Some would say that 2014 has been the year of wearable technology. Once an elusive, futuristic concept whispered by a few, today conversation around the topic dominates our news feeds and exercise habits. And when barely a day seems to go by without the latest brand clamoring to throw their new product into the mix, is it any wonder how prominent wearables have become in online conversations?
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Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader
NewsObserver.com
Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with Square and other established mobile payment processing systems such as PayPal Here and Intuit's GoPayment.
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Analysts: 'Internet of things' is the most over-hyped technology
The Guardian
The “internet of things” (IoT) is the most over-hyped technology in development today, according to tech analysts Gartner. The firm puts the technology, which promises a world in which every electronic device has a sim card and its own presence on the net, at five to 10 years from actual productivity. Right now, it says, the concept is instead it is at the “peak of inflated expectations”.
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Bendable displays are finally headed to market
MIT Technology Review
By the end of this year, a startup called Kateeva will start shipping manufacturing equipment that could finally bring flexible displays to market. For years, designers have conjured up images of displays that could be rolled up. In January 2013, for instance, Samsung showed off a flexible screen at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, offering visions of smart watches with displays that wrap around your wrist, or even gadgets that can be folded up and popped in a pocket.
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