Artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing the way we live. In 2022, it is difficult to find an industry that is not influenced by AI. The optimization of medicine, transport, distribution, fashion, banking and the workspace… all this is made possible thanks to the processing of data and the application of technologies of AI.
In search of performance, improvement of daily life
as well as protecting privacy and the planet, businesses and corporations around the world are redefining their digital priorities. More than ever, they want to discover the technological solutions and processes that will allow them to make a difference from an economic, environmental and ethical point of view. On a global scale, we note that the stakes and potential challenges that this represents are considerable. This is why Big Data & AI Paris will bring together on September 26 and 27, in Paris and online, the emblematic players of an ecosystem that operates better, faster and at the scale of proven technologies to establish a human-centric AI culture.
As a preamble to the event, The Guide to Big Data and AI is an essential tool for understanding the issues. Through the testimonies of inspiring and driving personalities in a booming sector, the guide explores the latest innovations, use cases and applications at work. In addition to integrating the directory of companies that matter in the sector, it delivers enlightened reflections in addition to the 80 conferences planned during the congress.
Yann Ferguson, associate researcher at Certop and scientific manager of LaborIA, underlines the fact that the value resulting from data and AI is first and foremost a question of transformation. According to him, two major issues around these new technologies must be taken into account: a societal issue, by widely democratizing access to AI and an ethical issue, which must encourage transparency on their use.
After a first point on the figures of the sector in 2022, the guide highlights, in a first part, the dynamism and the many changes which drive artificial intelligence and data processing with a spotlight on the personalities and AI and big data initiatives of the year such as Sébastien Hidocq, Chief Data Officer at Decathlon or Nozha Boujemaa, Global Vice President of Digital Ethics and Responsible AI at Ikea Retail.
Combining theory and practice of AI and data
The field of big data and analytics is constantly evolving. In 2022, the data fabric and the data mesh occupy a more important place than ever among the technological approaches. In its second part, the guide deals with the multiplicity of solutions on data platforms and takes stock with Johan Picard of Google Cloud. “Promising both more agility on the infrastructure, simpler and more streamlined architectures, and simplified operations thanks to its managed services, the Cloud is in fact today becoming a target of choice for the platforms of data” specifies the latter.
The testimony of Carlos Goncalves, Chief Technology Officer of the Societe Generale Group, provides the feedback and vision of a company using the cloud and open source. Through his interview, he looks back on Societe Generale’s first thoughts in 2014 around big data, AI, open source, the cloud and above all their advantages for the company. For his part, Arnaud Laroche, Partner, Head of data & artificial intelligence activities Europe zone at EY Consulting France, recalls that “in France, the difficulty of quickly migrating existing technological architectures to more agile cloud solutions is one of the brakes on the expansion of AI”.
Indispensable and unavoidable for retail companies, the processing of AI and data has become a priority for those wishing to strengthen their competitiveness. Christian Boudjenah, Data and CRM Manager of the ERAM Group, shares his feedback and the vision of a data-driven culture inscribed in the strategy and organization of the group. He also shares his vision of the corporate culture to adopt, “the desire to innovate and perform as well as adaptability and open-mindedness are essential qualities to take advantage of data”.
Regulations and legal framework around AI
The rise of AI and data have forced public authorities and sector players to think about their use to limit abuses. The Guide to Big Data and AI returns, in its third part, to the regulations and legal frameworks that are developing around these new technologies and their uses, such as the European regulation on AI published on 21 April 2021.
As the number of companies devoting themselves to AI and data and those using solutions based on these new technologies is constantly growing, it has become necessary to define an ethical framework around these practices, particularly in Europe.
Martin Bieri, in charge of usage, innovation and prospective studies within the Digital Innovation Laboratory and Félicien Vallet, AI manager, within the CNIL, speak on the specificities of the European regulation on AI and its impact on businesses. Their ambition being “to define the rights and duties of the organizations that implement these AI systems” while encouraging “the innovation of European companies with a view to making them leaders on the international market while aligning the systems of ‘AI with European values’.
In addition to this European reflection, the guide highlights global initiatives to frame and define the ethical use of AI and data. Irakli Khodeli, UNESCO program specialist, shares his vision around the deployment and the objectives of the global standard for ethical AI, the first global normative instrument in the field. This standard should enable the private sector to develop “AI with a high degree of trust and responsibility towards consumers and their needs”.
In addition to taking stock of the legal regulations of AI and data, the guide reviews the cybersecurity issues that companies, but also States and individuals face. For Franck DeCloquement, expert in technologies and cyberthreats, 2022 and its share of cyberthreats are already clearly announced at a completely different level than 2021…
Metavers, digital twins, digital virtualization… new playgrounds for AI and data?
Every year, innovations in artificial intelligence, big data and in Tech in general upset the established ecosystem. The Guide to Big Data and AI explores in the fourth part the latest uses at work, starting with an exchange with Ludovic Lonjon, Innovation Digital Manufacturing at Michelin, on digital twins and their impact on supply chains, especially in this period of crisis and scarcity. A market valued at $3.1 billion in 2022 and which some analysts believe could continue to grow to an estimated $48.2 billion in 2026.
The metaverse has been in the spotlight in recent months, embodying a new Tech Eldorado that is arousing the curiosity and interest of brands. The Guide to Big Data and AI shares with us the expert point of view of Rémi Bourgeot, economist and Data Scientist at IRIS, on the metaverse which has aroused the curiosity of the media since the beginning of the year. According to him, “a multitude of tools and services will be based on human interaction with AI, itself based on a kind of mega-data collected as much in the metaverse as in the real world. This new virtual world is particularly followed by large distribution and retail companies who are wondering about the upheavals that this can bring to their sector. The Carrefour Group, which very quickly took an interest in the metaverse and is one of the pioneering companies in its use, shares its feedback and its vision of this developing virtual world. For Nicolas Safis, director of innovation and Hélène Labaume, in charge of Web3, of the Carrefour Group, the metaverse is now becoming “a fundamental concept due to the widespread deployment of the underlying technologies, namely blockchain, artificial intelligence , big data and the emergence of cryptocurrencies”.
About BIG DATA & AI PARIS
Big Data & AI Paris 2022 is the result of the combination of two flagship events for French and European tech: Big Data Paris, a key event on the big data scene for ten years, and AI Paris, an event dedicated to advances in artificial intelligence that has become essential in five editions. More info: www.bigdataparis.com
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