Web Summit 2017 : artificial intelligence & ecological changeover

From November 7 to 10, 2017, Lisbon hosted the world tech meeting: the Web Summit. On that occasion, nam.R was at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.

Stephen Hawking inaugurates the Web Summit 2017

The 2017 Web summit started on a high note: for the inaugural ceremony, the audience at the Altice Arena was surprised and privileged to listen to the videospeech of the britain scientist Stephen Hawking.

Invited by Nuno Sebastião, CEO of the start-up of machine learning Feedzai, the physician outlined that artificial intelligence, major topic of that meeting, could be the most beautiful opportunity of our century or the worst outcome of the history of our civilisation. The way we will decide to use it will make the key difference.

The amplification of human cognitive potential through artificial intelligence can be the solution to the damage caused by him on his environment and, according to the scientist, we now have the technical possibility to eradicate poverty and diseases.

“Maybe we should take a break for a moment and concentrate our thinking not on the means to increase the success and strenghts of artificial intelligence but on the way to maximise its positive effect on the society. Our artificial intelligence system must do what we ask him to do for the benefit of humankind.”

Stephen Hawking is optimistic and think that we can use  artificial intelligence for the wealth of our world.


We interviewed François Hollande

François Hollande was present at the Web Summit 2017. He visited the exhibition stall of nam.R and was interested by our  business, by the method we use to create datas and make them shareable. Grégory Labrousse presented him with samples of the application of our platforms as well as the expertise of nam.R.

The former president underlined the global challenge of datas opening launched by Barack Obama at the United Nations and the importance for France to follow that path, while ensuring the introduction of a legislation, of datas management that, we can easily imagine, could be a counterweight of French companies in front of GAFA.

He acknowledged that datas are a  treasure that can be used for public interest actions like our platform tRees, a program design for the energy shift of our schools, that activate the potential of massification and industrialisation of the renovation of eduucational institutions in Hauts-de-France.

He also emphasized that their application stand for a democratic and economic challenge (in addition we can add their major social importance) but that citizens still need to be reassured concerning their use, their origin and their rights for they have a negative perspective on them and don’t still ascertain that they can help, among others advantages to reduce costs, to achieve energy savings and improment of daily life.


Our meeting with the Nobel peace prize winner: Mohan Munasinghe

For his first participation to the Web Summit, Mohan Munasinghe was impressed by the frenzy energy of the atmosphere, the multitude of innovations and the youthfulness of the participants.

He raises the power of datas and our responsibility to make a reliable use of it, in order to favour a responsible production and a sustainable model.

“are there enough of us?”

If, in front of climate emergency, the peace Nobel prize recognizes growing awareness concernings and that a certain number of actors are working in favour of ecological transition, he nevertheless raises a crucial issue: are there enough of us?

We are on the edge of the precipice, a radical change will arise, the question remains if we will be wise enough to move away from this slippery path by implementing a sustainable model at the crossroads of economy, ethics and the environment or will choose to remain massively unconscious and so hasten the decline of our society…

All the tools are at our disposal, among them,  artificial intelligence enable us to speed up the necessary transition.

Al Gore pleads for a global climate involvement

During the closing ceremony of this global summit, It was no one else than Al Gore who spoke out about the urgent nature of a radical ecological changeover and stand up against  the political position of his country and Donald Trump concerning climate change. he insists on the fact that if the president had decided to abandon the Paris Agreement it’s not  the will of American people which would surely comply to the transition’s tendency.

 “Will we change?” The question echoes like an impossible challenge.  Optimistic on our ability to avoid, or at least limit an unprecedented ecological crisis, he urges the public of Altice Arena to mobilize themselves through joint actions.

What we can do together is that we will have to go through, according to him, serious reformations of the capitalist system on air to benefit a circular economy and sustainable solutions.

He welcomed the technological progresses that lead to sustainable development endeavours and the opportunities that datas provide in order to identify action levers.

The pattern of business has changed, the actors of tech who are younger than before don’t only concentrate on the goal of  making money but desire to do it by working for the rise of a better world as well.

The former vice président of the United States insisted that  there remain some oppositions to this model aiming to paralyze this change especially in the political field but  he remains confident however remembering that all the major revolutions of History have been undertaken by people themselves that, united, have more impact than politicians.

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