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New technologies have so much to offer and could really improve our quality of life. But is technology always an ally?
Are Siri and Alexa your friends?
Isabelle Dufour (Phd Candidate and researcher Computer Science department, University of Victoria)
Machine learning algorithms are already having an impact on our daily lives, for better and for worse. Understanding how they work is increasingly important to understanding the world we live in. Through my research on automatic identification of emotion in music, I will briefly explain how such algorithms can be trained, and discuss the implications of this learning method on our life.
Prosthetics Within Reach
Kelly Knights (Engineering Assistant, Victoria Hand Project)
The Victoria Hand Project (VHP) designs low-cost, highly functional, 3D printed prosthetics. In collaboration with our international clinical partners, we make these prosthetics available to amputees throughout the world. Our system uses advanced and cost effective tools: 3D printing, 3D laser scanning, and 3D software, to fabricate these devices directly within the countries where they are used. With our prosthesis, amputees can regain the ability to do home or work-related tasks, and improve their quality of life.