Reality has caught up with science fiction in some areas of artificial intelligence like voice-to-text, or facial recognition. But today’s AI ​​is extremely specialized: it cannot generalize its knowledge to areas that are very different from those for which it was programmed. It is, and will remain for long, a “weak” intelligence.

I often ask to the people I meet if they remember when they first heard about artificial intelligence. Most of the time, they say it was a movie, such as “AI” by Steven Spielberg (2001) or “I, Robot” (2004).

My personal reference goes back to the 80s, with…

La réalité a rattrapé la science-fiction dans certains domaines de l’intelligence artificielle comme la dictée vocale, ou la reconnaissance faciale. Mais l’IA de notre temps est extrêmement spécialisée : elle ne peut pas généraliser ses connaissances à des domaines différents de ceux pour lesquels elle a été programmée. Elle est, et restera encore longtemps, une intelligence « faible ».

Je demande souvent aux gens que je rencontre s’ils se souviennent quand, pour la premières fois, ils ont entendu parler d’intelligence artificielle. …

An AI is primarily a program, that is, a sequence of instructions that a machine executes step by step, as a calculator does. So how is it smarter? Surprisingly it is an 18th century philosopher who sheds light on the nature of this intelligence, and on its limits …

One of the most exasperating inventions of the modern world is undoubtedly the Interactive Voice Response. A disembodied voice offers you three options, none of which correspond directly to your needs. You choose one at random. You come across 5 options even further away from your problem. You do not know…

Une IA est avant tout un programme, c’est-à-dire une suite d’instructions qu’une machine exécute pas à pas, comme le fait une calculatrice. Alors en quoi est-elle plus intelligente ? Étonnamment c’est un philosophe du 18ème siècle qui nous éclaire sur la nature de cette intelligence, et sur ses limitations…

L’une des inventions les plus horripilantes du monde moderne est sans doute le Serveur Vocal Interactif. Une voix désincarnée vous propose trois options dont aucune ne correspond directement à votre besoin. Vous en choisissez une au hasard. Vous tombez sur 5 options encore plus éloignées de votre problème. Vous ne savez…

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Cet article est paru fin 2018 en postface du livre « L’intelligence artificielle pour le Business » écrit par les fondateurs de demain.ai, Olivier Mégean et Gaëtan Fron.

J’aime l’approche pragmatique de demain.ai : loin de la fureur médiatique et des questionnements sur le lointain futur transhumaniste de notre société, ils restent les pieds sur terre et posent les bonnes questions : de quoi sommes-nous sûrs aujourd’hui ? Que pouvons-nous utiliser maintenant, tout de suite, pour le business ?

Après avoir lu ce livre, vous savez que l’IA est tout sauf intelligente, mais qu’elle constitue un nouvel outil de productivité…

This article was written in preparation for a workshop organized by the OECD about innovation policies. My panel was about “The digital transformation of different industries: Changing innovation business models”.

What are the new business model developments and trends brought by the digital economy? What are their implications for how innovation is conducted?

The digital economy breaks down the barriers between industries: Apple started as a computer company, revolutionized the music industry, disrupted the telecommunication industry, developed financial services… Google is seen as a competitor or a threat to almost every industry (transportation, finance, leisure, etc.).

Learning from the example…

In a little bit more than one year, NUMA, the leading player in the French entrepreneurial ecosystem, extended its operations on four continents and five countries: Russia, India, Morocco, Spain and Mexico.
Are they playing darts over a giant world map?

The French are famous for being analytical, right? Since we made the decision to go global, we analyzed 80 countries, interviewed 200+ people, crunched thousands of data and traveled 760 000 kilometers (twice the distance to the moon), to find the right spots and the right people to build joint ventures. Here’s the story behind NUMA’s international strategy…

There is method behind the madness

Let’s…

Naresh Narasimhan, CEO of NUMA Bengaluru.

I’m always moved when, getting out of the subway, I catch the sight of NUMA’s building in Paris, already buzzing with entrepreneurs going in and out, energizing everything around them.

I love the place, I love the people, I love what we do.

Last week, I was in Bangalore and I felt an even stronger feeling of pride and joy when I saw “NUMA” on the forefront of a building in the middle of this Indian Silicon Valley (or “Silicon “Plateau”, as Naresh would say since Bangalore is high above the sea level)

The similarity between both building in Paris…

Have you noticed that in Compass’s recent “global startup ecosystem ranking” Canada is the only country, apart from the USA, to have several cities listed in the top 20?

For the first time, Montreal is mentioned in this worldwide ranking. Though the city is at the very bottom of the list, behind Toronto (17th/20) and Vancouver (18th/20), these two have lost 9 ranks since the previous study. This dynamic suggests that Montreal is quickly becoming the booming place for startups in Canada.

Myself, Head of International Development and Aviva Markowicz, International Strategist at NUMA were there for a week, attending…

Frederic Oru

Founder at AI4Better.com, helping people to take control over Artificial Intelligence. Former co-founder at numa.co.

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