Canada is a leader in the rapidly growing market of artificial intelligence but that may soon change.
Top researchers and professors have moved to work for US tech giants like Google, says a report in Bloomberg.
The brain drain threatens to undercut an ambitious, years-long effort by the Canadian and provincial governments to leapfrog other countries in artificial intelligence. With funding and wide latitude to experiment, a small group of researchers made several technological breakthroughs that wound up in a range of commercial and consumer applications. Silicon Valley noticed, and began scouring Canada for top talent.
“We are losing our top talent, the talent at every level,” Ajay Agrawal, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, told the paper. “While we had that advantage, it is slipping through our fingers.”