AI, algorithms, data: citizens of a digital world?

AI, algorithms, data: citizens of a digital world?

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« AI, algorithms, data: citizens of a digital world? » is part of the six journeys of the 2018 edition of Futur.e.s: here’s what you’ll be able to discover there. Detailed program and schedule coming soon…

Artificial intelligence is everywhere, from vocal assistants to intelligent text: far from just a fad or trend, it’s a new paradigm that is radically changing how technology impacts the world around us. The proof is in the immense diversity of projects exhibited and discussion topics focused on this subject at Futur.e.s! And while we are busy trying to come to grips with these advances… Quantum computing is already here!

Appropriating artificial intelligence for a better future is a motivation that drives many innovators and citizens in Europe and beyond: from subtitling apps for the hard of hearing, to open source personal assistants protecting access to networks. There is no shortage of new ways to connect people with what they want, whether its something they want to purchase, how they want to be heard, or how they want to participate in the world they live in.

But it’s not all good news – sometimes these new technologies can lead to inequality and increased discriminations. Easy access to information – yes ; democratisation and transparence heralded as the catch words of the digital era – of course! But it is clear that digital is never neutral. Like in all rational projects, the details can be manipulated to serve different outcomes. Algorithms, which were promised to erase our differences, are far from being blank canvases, and can also reinforce our biases. Imagine if they were the ones judging us? Not to mention the dangers of surveillance like we have seen in the United States, where even smart cities have begun to impinge on civil liberties.

The future will not be perfect, that’s for sure: but after exploring this theme, you will be convinced that what is to come will also have some (good) surprises in store, more than you could even imagine!



  • Chaï – an artificial intelligence that reads and speaks is here to challenge you! Can you read better than an AI? Can you overcome reading challenges better than Chaï?
  • Newsbridge has created iDx, a cognitive search engine using a contextual AI to help journalists and editors identify the most relevant sequences in video footage.
  • Francetv lab‘s acceleration program presents a VR experience « Dans la peau de Thomas Pesquet ».
  • Niryo offers collaborative robots that aim to contribute to the democratization of robotics.
  • Forget Moogle Home! LINAGORA has designed LinTO: an open source personal assistant un assistant personnel that respects the private life of its users.
  • Can artificial intelligence help us sell more? Blue DME has invented a virtual assistant for « augmented commerce ». The assistant proposes personalised actions to finalise sales, change product prices or send promotional messages…
  • Heasy is a robot kiosk created by Hease Robotics. Specialised in customer service and sales assistance, it is interactive and autonomous. During the Festival, Heasy will also challenge you to a music quiz!
  • Ava, an application that can capture conversations with the participants’ smartphones. Allows to make the exchanges accessible in real time.
  • The DINSIC is leading the digital transformation of the State. It improves and simplifies digital public services. It opens public data and works for transparency. It promotes the culture of digital innovation within the State.
  • Using advanced optical systems and multi-spectral imaging algorithms, Outsense allows people to have their excretions scanned automatically and immediately receive actionable insights based on the underlying chemical and physical composition.
  • Flint Robots School offers a personal artificial intelligence to help people find quality news and pop social media filter bubble they are trapped in.


  • Haro on the neutrality of the net: will Wikipedia become a luxury product?
  • The future of the media
  • « Hi how are you? Good and you? »: are chatbots limited by our own mistakes?
  • Algorithms will judge the future. Be afraid!
  • How will we train ourselves at 150 years old?
  • Mobilising AI for automatic translation and linguistic accessibility: intersections with the world of the Deaf
  • European regulations on the protection of personal data… Where do we stand?
  • Will we have to move to the middle of nowhere to escape Big Brother?
  • Ask me anything about: quantum computing
  • Jobs in the future: will all butchers soon be successful instagrammers?
  • How can we encourage new French champions in EdTech?
  • Digital humanities, in collaboration with the Collège des Bernardins



  • Julie Owono, executive director of the NGO Internet Sans Frontières
  • Nadia El-Imam, swedish engineer and designer, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Edgeryders
  • Sébastien Soriano, president of ARCEP, the Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes
  • Sylvie Tissot, artist and programmer, specialist in quantum computing
  • Eric Scherer, director of Forecasting at France Télévisions
  • Marie Soulez, head of intellectual property department at Lexing Alain Bensoussan law firm
  • Jean-Baptiste Soufron, associate attorney at FWPA Avocats
  • Florence Raynal, international and European Affairs Executive at CNIL, theCommission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés
  • Jean-Laurent Cassely, columnist at Slate, journalist and essayist, writes about lifestyles, urban values, and about the new consumer society. Author of La révolte des premiers de la classe. Métiers à la con, Quête de sens et Reconversions urbaines (Éditions Arkhê, 2017)
  • Thomas Cohu, mathematician, product manager at Proxem
  • Elisa Piccinini, engineer at Proxem, in charge of chatbots
  • Magali Perruchini, who, after a first career in a communication agency, decided to leave his job and start the blog Les Mains Baladeuses. She is the author of Nouveaux Artisans (Éditions Eyrolles)
  • Jérôme Dupré, doctor of law. Attorney at the Nantes Bar, he is mainly involved in digital law and personal data.
  • Laurence Devillers, professor of Computer Science at Sorbonne University / LIMSI-CNRS and member of the Department of Digital Humanities at Collège des Bernardins
  • Jacques Lévy Véhel, mathematician, research directorat INRIA, co-founder of the start-up Case Law Analytics, specialising in modelling the judicial decision making process via artificial intelligence
  • Ohad Rubinstein, VP Sales of the Israeli start-up Carbyne, which developed Reporty, an application that films anti-civil activity and transmits them to the authorities, testedby the City of Nice at the start of 2018
  • Tristan Nitot, former president of Mozilla Europe, vice president of Advocacy at Qwant
  • Benjamin Gans, EdFab director
  • Litzie Mareek, founding partner of the Educapital fund
  • Adrien Meslet, director of Ava France, which invented an application destined for the deaf and hard of hearing, which subtitles conversations
  • Celina Rocquet, Viemonjob CEO and cofounder
  • Lola Laurent, EdFab fablab director
  • Sandra Rocquet, sociology PhD, consultant and coach for Deloitte Capital Humain team