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Beyond Impact drew nearly 300 business leaders and technology innovators to The Globe and Mail Centre on March 23, for a look at two transformative technologies: artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Opening speaker Max Tegmark (MIT professor and author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence) urged attendees not to wait for artificial intelligence systems to come into force, but to take a mindful approach to shaping the technologies according to how they can best serve humanity. Below are highlights from the day.

What Kind of AI future do we want?
Max Tegmark, best-selling author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, called for a more thoughtful approach to AI development.
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How should businesses prepare for quantum computing?
At the Beyond Impact event on March 23 a panel of quantum computing experts explained how this groundbreaking technology will transform business and society. The discussion included Shohini Ghose, Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfred Laurier University; Scott Totzke, CEO of ISARA Corporation; and Joseph Emerson, Faculty and Associate Professor with University of Waterloo. The panel was moderated by Ivan Semeniuk, science reporter with The Globe and Mail. 

What will artificial intelligence mean to our daily lives?
An expert panel of artificial intelligence discussed how the technology—already in play in our daily lives—will enhance healthcare and other aspects of society. The panel included Steve Irvine, CEO of Integrate.ai, Alex Wong, Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems, University of Waterloo, and Kate Larson, Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo and was moderated by Alexandra Posadzki, business reporter with The Globe and Mail.