Category Archives: Original Articles

The AI Bubble: Echoes of the Dot-Com Era

Written By: Jay Mistry

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few years has drawn significant comparisons to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Both periods are characterized by tremendous enthusiasm for transformative technology, sky-high valuations, and a rush to invest in the next big thing. This research paper explores the similarities between the current AI boom and the dot-com bubble, drawing lessons from history to provide insights into the future trajectory of AI.

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Northern Diplomacy: Russian Implications on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security

Written By: Stefan Venceljovski

This paper investigates Russia’s recent actions and strategic initiatives in Svalbard, an Arctic Archipelago near Norway. The focus is on Russia’s efforts to expand its influence through tourism ventures, military posturing, and geopolitical maneuvers, challenging Norway’s longstanding dominance in Svalbard’s tourism sector and raising significant regional and global implications. The analysis begins with a detailed examination of Russia’s economic and military interests in the Arctic, drawing on recent developments and expert analyses to illustrate the strategic importance of Svalbard. It explores Russia’s hybrid approach of combining economic expansion with military assertiveness, underscored by its strategic documents and recent policy shifts. Additionally, the paper discusses the responses and concerns of Norway and other Arctic nations, particularly Canada, in navigating these developments. The conclusion highlights the complexities of Arctic geopolitics, emphasizing the need for proactive diplomatic strategies, robust defence policies, and international cooperation to safeguard national interests amidst evolving Arctic dynamics. This paper aims to contribute insights into understanding and managing Arctic disputes and strategies in a competitive global context.

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Canada’s Dual Fronts: Navigating Economic Struggles and Foreign Commitments in the Wake of COVID-19 and the Ukrainian-Russian Conflict

Written By: Max Korsunsky

Canada’s response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian-Russian conflict has shaped its domestic and foreign policy landscape. The aftermath of COVID-19 policies has left Canada grappling with economic challenges such as higher interest rates, lower GDP, and a housing crisis. Concurrently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 has led to one of the most significant geopolitical disasters in recent history. Canada, along with other Western allies, has provided substantial military and financial support to Ukraine in response to Russia’s aggression. This article examines Canada’s role in the conflict, analyzing its funding commitments, including military aid and humanitarian assistance, while considering the economic implications of such allocations. Through a breakdown of pre and post-2022 conflict contexts, as well as a discussion of Canada’s economic struggles post-COVID, this article aims to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of Canada’s involvement in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict and the impact on both domestic and international fronts.
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Economic Implications of Sentient Artificial Intelligence – An Ongoing Discussion Paper

Written By: Stefan Venceljovski

The emergence of Sentient Artificial General Intelligence (SAGI) has sparked discussions about its political ramifications and its profound economic implications. This paper delves into the multifaceted influence of SAGI, exploring questions surrounding its definition, potential economic rights, and impact on various industries. Grounded in an analysis of artificial intelligence (AI), AGI, and SAGI, the paper examines the intersection of technological advancement and economic theory. It addresses critical questions, such as whether SAGI should be granted economic rights, the implications for labour markets, and the intellectual property ownership generated by SAGI. Drawing from existing literature and hypothetical scenarios, the paper underscores the importance of establishing ethical frameworks and regulatory guidelines to navigate the complexities of integrating SAGI into economic systems. It emphasizes the need for proactive measures to harness the transformative potential of SAGI while mitigating risks and ensuring shared prosperity in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Continue reading…

2024 Federal Budget Predictions

Written By: Stefan Venceljovski

The 2024 Canadian Federal Budget is just around the corner, with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announcing that the new budget will be released on April 16th. This leaves us with much to speculate about, as the government has not been transparent about changes coming down the pipeline. However, some various indicators and reports provide insight into the potential priorities and shifts the government might announce. Drawing from recent articles and announcements, this discussion paper aims to forecast potential budgetary focuses, particularly in light of shifting governmental priorities and public sentiment. Of course, this paper is only speculative and predictive, so take it with a grain of salt. We won’t know the full extent of the government’s plans until we can get our hands on the actual budget.
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