Extension of the Realm of Intelligence

SUMMARY > The Presans Soirée for 2017 now has a confirmed venue, speakers, and a theme. > The theme, “Artificial Intelligence and the Smart City,” is the culmination of a long series of meditations on the world of open organizations. > The “Presans method” facilitates a fresh, unconventional perspective on this theme. > First presentation of Albert Asséraf and Aurélien Bellanger, our two principal speakers. Artificial Intelligences It seems the adjectives “smart” and “intelligent” began their migration toward the world of technological artifacts through the military territory occupied by bombs. Today, the word is applied to objects from telephones to vehicles, and even to processes like economic development (smart growth). All of these usages have one trait in common: they

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Think really big: Elon Musk

Up to the early 1970s, our vision of the future was optimistic. Mankind, divided into two rival neo-European empires, was on track to build the titanic extension into space of its terrestrial habitat. This configuration proved unstable in the sense defined by David Cosandey in his brilliant book on the rise of the West. The fact that there was not enough room on Earth to wage wars with intercontinental missiles took the intensity level of the rivalry several notches down. Then, one of the rivals proved unable to match the other empire’s feat of landing a manned spacecraft on the moon. The contest was over: going on had become pointless. The techno-scientific momentum carrying the agenda of space conquest subsequently dwindled. Other political priorities diverted resources away from the shrinking space agencies.

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Industrial Digital Transformation: Interview with Robert Plana, General Electrics

Can you tell us about you and your career, which spans the worlds of research and industry? Collaboration with industry has been central to all of my work as an applied researcher. I have found this to be interesting on a personal level. In all the institutions I have worked for, I always sought to favor innovation and to make the relations between researchers and industry more fluid. After a stint at the Ministry of research, where I was involved in developing a strategy for future technologies, I got hired by Alstom to manage their open innovation program. I had in fact been doing open innovation long before the name was coined, by virtue of the collaborative projects and shared

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