For weeks now, the music resonates more and more persistently about the government’s reflections on the use of a population tracking application to fight against the spread of coronavirus. As it is usually the case with politicians, a “no” has been transformed into a “yes, maybe” through a communication plan designed to prepare the population for a real violation of its fundamental freedoms under the guise of a state health emergency.

It is the story of the moon being made out of green cheese

Since adolescence, I have developed a habit of reading the national and international press while drinking my morning coffee. The more the years go by, the more my blood…

How about intellectual rigor, in the era of social networks and viral news? Can artificial intelligence help us face the massive challenge of fact checking?

Caught red-handed

On October 23, Mark Zuckerberg was in the spotlight again, not for his best interest… again.

The Facebook leader was frontally confronted by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on a simple question : will Facebook allow political parties and candidates to pay for exposure, even when their content contains unverified, unsourced, and/or intentionally false facts.

It’s not only a political problem. All areas are impacted : corporate communication, articles dealing with innovations, breakthrough scientific announcements, medical news, and so on.

Science, technology, and the business world are equally concerned with the fact checking issue, and the urgency of keeping intellectual rigor


This summer, I questioned our possible future addiction to robots. With autumn comes the time to tidy up our homes. As I just moved into my new place, I’m starting to reconsider the space I dedicate to screens in my daily life. How about a big cleaning?

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The hit of the 40’s

A few weeks ago, I turned 40. I’m ok (thank you for asking) but still, entering a new decade kind of hurts a little. It’s like climbing a mountain and arriving to a pass. It’s the time to review the progress you’ve made, before the next escalation. Without looking down, if possible.

My life path shouldn’t have been be the way it is, if I had followed the rules. We are taught the traditional pattern: in your 20’s you build your career, in your 30’s you build your family. The truth is : there is no order. …

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Will sex robots be just another sextoy, more technologically advanced? Today, sexbots are stunningly realistic. They are enhanced with artificial intelligence. Since loneliness seems to be the scourge of our modern societies, are we going to develop feelings for robots?

A modern version of the myth of Pygmalion

A few years ago, when the conversation started about sex robots, things seemed rather clear : it was just another sextoy on the market, simply more technologically advanced.

When you take a step back, there’s nothing really surprising about these new uses. Sex dolls are nothing new. The vintage plastic inflatable ones had clown faces and were a running gag in the 90’s-00’s comedies.

But today, sexbots are no laughing matter. We reached another level the day sex dolls became much more realistic, and equipped with artificial intelligence.

They are now 100% customizable and can interact with humans. Basically, we…

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We talk about tech innovations in every area, from foodtech to transportation, to medicine to smart cities. We talk about everything except what is a big part of our lives: sex. It’s summertime, the temperature is rising: let’s talk about sex(techs) baby.

Sextoys story

Pornography is as old as humanity. We found ancient engravings and sculptures representing sex parties, that have nothing to envy to the writings of the Marquis de Sade nor the latest porn productions.

In many cultures, the most shameless sexual practices were part of sacred rituals. Sex has always been intimately connected to the spiritual because it’s linked to some cultural fundamentals: our identity, our roles in society, our ways of connecting with each other. …

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It’s summertime, pack your bags! I hope that (like me) you’re enjoying some holidays right now. But I bet that (like me), you won’t completely unplug from social media. You may be sipping a cocktail, feeling safe behind the screen of your smartphone. But what if I told you that a simple click, a simple photo posted on Instagram could, as a butterfly effect, be responsible for the death of an animal? What if it could lead to the destruction of natural sites, or to the displacement of people who lived there for thousands of years? Let’s think about it for a moment : how our actions in the virtual world impact the real one?

How a click can kill a rhinoceros

I’ve always been a mountain lover, passionate about trekking. This sport teaches you a lot : the sense of endeavour, the resistance to pain, challenging yourself, asceticism somehow, or let’s say frugality. This activity, by nature, requires you to be super aware of your environment, to avoid its dangers but also to appreciate its beauty. The rule that every hiker is supposed to apply is “leave no trace”: that is to say, leave no ecological footprint. …

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What would tomorrow’s ideal city look like? Technology now gives us the digital tools to manage our cities like we manage factories … Harvest and processing of public data, ecological advances, artificial intelligence : the “smart city” promises to solve any urban issue with great efficiency. We aim at perfection, but let’s not forget the popular saying : the best is the enemy of the good. A 100% rationalized, “algorithmic” city might not be the only answer to human challenges…

The eternal quest for a perfect city

If you grew up in the 80s like me — the golden age of Japanese cartoons, you probably remember those you loved to watch after school. Personally, my favorite was a french tv show called Les Mystérieuses cités d’or (The Mysterious Cities of Gold). A young hero, Esteban, boarded on a ship to search legendary cities in South America. This quest was difficult, challenging and so stimulating; it certainly influenced my desire to travel the world once I grew up.

The myth of the ideal city is a leitmotiv in almost every civilization since ancient times. …

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A few years ago, a woman let her little girl starve to death while she was playing World of Warcraft. She evolved for days in a virtual world. When she noticed the child’s condition, she called an ambulance, but they couldn’t resuscitate the girl, who had even swallowed cat litter. This extreme case raises many questions, such as where should we draw the line between real life and virtuality and the addiction mechanisms behind this...

(TW: eating disorders, self-harm)

Instagram filters to the truth

Your daily life may seem trivial, if you compare it to the Instagrammer’s, who appear to be always partying or traveling the world in a furnished van. The opposite is also true. We watch daily vlogs of influencers telling us that their cat has vomited or that their sink is clogged. This content has strictly no value but the interest is elsewhere : the sound of the video playing in the background is the company we no longer have, it’s like taking a coffee with a friend, and they tell you their whole life.

Another mechanism…

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Video surveillance with facial recognition won’t really benefit our security, but it could turn our daily lives into a Black Mirror-ish dystopia. These last few months, it has been increasingly used to secure access to popular events, airports or schools. But this technology is neither ethical nor reliable to ensure public safety, and here’s why …

(TW: mention of school shooting, police brutality, transphobia)

This year, Rio’s carnival was under massive surveillance, as never before. Security cameras posted everywhere had their eyes scrutinizing the streets, where Samba dancers were enjoying the most important cultural event of the year. It was about spotting people with arrest warrants, in this joyful crowd. The cameras were supposed to identify the suspects, combining facial recognition with the Police Department’s database.

At the end of the week, out of the 25 000 people that were arrested, only 2 of them were actually charged and prosecuted.

This is one concrete example of…

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(TW : mention of suicide and drug abuse)

The fear that machines might replace us is nothing new. Since the movie “Modern Times” by Charlie Chaplin, it haunts novels, essays and movies. It even goes back to Antiquity, when we wondered if an oxen pulling a plow meant our work force was obsolete.

Now that the robotization of tasks is becoming the norm, we’ve never been so afraid of losing our positions. We ask : “Will these mf robots steal our jobs?” and specialists give us the most alarmist answers. …

Jean-Christophe Bonis

Entrepreneur || Mentor || Tech Influencer || Writer || TED speaker

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