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Humanity in movement

Since many centuries, man found in movement a way to live, discover the world and conquest territories. Filling life with its imagination, he invented methods, process in search of pleasure, easiness, lowering its tireness. With hope and inventions, through science enhancement and progress, he makes his own way to understand, get operational, pushing the limits away. By the way, often in despite of basic security needs in the common sense.

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Man then, structures machine and mechanics, to serve him. Dealing with materials properties and combination of ambitious research and motivation, he gets all he can from innovation to master the machine.


Human, mastering the world …

First riding animals, then things and machines, human stands on skills, know-how and judgment to manage different ways of moving he has. Testing, accident experimenting, learning lessons from failures, human manages with his own appreciation good behaviours on the long roads and infrastructures available. These ones shows adaptability features, through quick evolutions and needs of powered automotive.

All along education, training and science improvement, man manages machines. He’s the master decider, collects information and drives using all the machine’s capabilities, to experience his own personal trip. Let’s think about all different ways were found in history and in his time: animals, boats, carriers, cycles, coaches then more recently planes, motorbikes and automobile and finally spatial engines. Everything is piloted, monitored, and always driven with human judgments and evaluations. Yes technology helps a lot…But even in automatic piloting (trains, planes, subways…), machine executes human binary orders, through algorithms developed by human teams, in search of best optimization.


Hybriding relation with digital revolution

Digital wave explosion changed life. Daily life. Everybody’s life. But it’s only a mean, not the end. Transformation in the deepest moments of our lives, with tech, tools, apps, datas, in every snap of life. While we want to search information, data, decision making, behave, digital set takes a major role to solve any demand. Speediness and easiness of machines will give us comfort and many “friends” to rely on. This environment modifies even the way we learn and we keep information: while search navigators can find any information in one second, why could we go on learning like in the past? What for? Machine does it tireless, faster and more reliable than us. Fortunately, we still have intuition and emotion…where machine does not. But is it enjoyable in situations that can’t stand failure or approximate judgements?

Soon, human will learn to equal machine through hybrid way: mid human, mid machine with “augmented human”, the one who will never die. With “artificial intelligence”, which is by the way, everything but not really intelligent…powerful yes, intelligent not yet. This “AI” has been built by human, coded with human minds and used to execute orders initially created by…humans.

And human in this new linked ecosystem would become a failure variable, built on emotions and intuitions, probably on the way to “planned death”. And in transportation and huge world of datas and decision making, human limits will soon be dangerous: unability to get global supervision, tired and too human centred…These intuition-and-emotion centric decision system will become really dangerous for global security indeed. And the main difficulty will take place in transition: mixing human emotions with binary and digital machines decisions will soon burn the bridge!

Let’s remember that the only failures in autonomous cars until now, have been caused by human mistakes…But how can we manage that transition? The only autonomous live solutions, are coached with real pilots (planes, trains, boats), and are reliable because there is a patented and experimented pilot on board, caring about the machine. The next switchover in the total digital era is then completely scary. A necessary transition phase is to be built, where automotive actors will rebuild their relation with their customer. It will reinvent the complete experience in which useful services will blossom to the next driver experience


Customer Relationship in Automotive sector

Until now, the simple “relation” is reduced and included in the…product, the car. We chose a car, a model, a brand, under ads pressure, loyalty or technical features. The whole combination of model + brand. After the sale, there is few relation but after sale and care relation. The customer is “in” the product every day, and the sole daily use, is enough to stand him, close to the brand. With no contact and no follow up. But automotive brands must keep an eye on their customers, beyond the sale and make sure they will be loyal, in the future.

Attention is then more and more on the “driver”, who will live in many transportation experiences, through his travels, alone or with passengers. It’s what we can call “the driver experience management”, a whole and complete ecosystem, with interactive and safe relations, easing the navigation and learning. While we go to the next big picture, the autonomous cars, human must give the power to machines, trust and let them drive safely. Each experience is unique, clever and is an opportunity to offer many services on board. Time to create the interactive assistant, kind of digital steward, who can guide you, give you advise and push services through “in the distance” services. A concrete way to raise value to consumer, from automotive brands, real time.

At what price and how?


Which services for that « personal assistant »?

What we see, is that new market is exponential. “Sky is the limit” could be a relevant quote to describe what we face in terms of potential services and revenues expectations. We found some figures about it, with Oliver Wyman consultant services here. Every actor, all along the value chain may win a part, playing its own skills with a potential use.

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All these services will grow perfectly, accuracy, security and easiness, for all tomorrow transportation ways. But beyond the service, connected cars will keep safe, insured and will call lots of partners in the gameplay. What we could list, at a glance could be:

  • Drive assistant help
  • Remote piloting, guiding
  • Virtual agent (screening communications, chats, audio, twits, text…)
  • Database navigation implement: weather, traffic, roads and ways, risks, easy travel guide…
  • Personal assistant / connected concierge flowing services like:
    • Leasure booking (restaurant, clubs, bars, hotels, fly, trips, trains, theatre, concerts,…)
    • Shopping: customized shopping, private sales, gifting services…
    • Babysitting, household, house caring, supermarket lists, fixing and emergency…
    • Dating, meeting and matching
    • Parking, shared car use, carpooling, shared travels …
  • Media et broadcasting: Television, VOD, news, ebooks, music, video games, audio books…
  • “Button” for:
    • Insurance help and emergency
    • Car fixing places and brand after sale
    • Automotive experts
    • Security (Police, Fire, Medical…)

Of course, we just started a reflection that is growing day to day and no doubt it will become an awesome subject for years to come. By starting a concrete future right now, services will organize themselves through ongoing demand from customers, who will starve for practical devices, services and assistance. As soon as they will grow and offer a “easy-to-use” experience, imagination will take place and invent new services. From freemium to added packages, the story is just beginning. How do actors will react and know to catch this tremendous trend, future will tell…

We just see that this is just the beginning for an orbit-shifting story, with a rare opportunity to speed up values, market and experience so far…

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You probably dream about a quiet place, a rest moment where you can muse and think about ideas, with no necessary goal. Or you would probably have some time, efficient time without being disturbed. No glory, fair enough, just simple life, we forgot. The fact is that, today, too many screens with interactive propositions that blink all over the day, make us fragile, distracted and less efficient. Times have changed, but not obviously for the single “better” side. We used to spend time, having time to discover, doubt, try while we are now, just interrupted, all over each single day. Is it this kind of life we need, want, desire to recover the ability to make good choices? Disturbed we are, troubled with no “cold time” to think deeply or work without being dissipated by ongoing commercials, “friends” requests or redundant news.
Oh I see and know what kind of subject I’m talking about. You probably didn’t have yet the conscient and awareness of it, but we’re immerged with digital signals, that we can’t deal with. Too many messages, too many occurencies, too many interruptions: and that’s the way you work more stressed, losing time anytime you’re disturbed, getting more and more difficulty to work efficiently with business matters, all along without being ongoing interrupted. That’s the sad way of “mainstream information”, a kind of flow you can’t stop and sort of, because it’s now to the reader to make his own opinion about contents and what he can stare at. That’s the bottomline of any “UGC”, where the reference is maybe hard to find and to believe. Can we believe all we receive? Can we trust anyone who “says”? And without even talking about the relevance of information, it’s about the whole “mass”, that flows on and on, every day.
We’re now living in a “microspaces” of times where we can spot, snap and do every little pieces of actions, like medias but like recipients too, where we swallow lots of datas…be careful to digest it!

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Finally we could say that “interruption draws creativity, flexibility and curiousity”. So, our brain has just to “teach how to deal with it, like darwinism theory for survivance”. The fact is that no one can really say actually, if there’s a strong progress doing this or in the long term an inefficiancy driving business and modern work to a major change. May we dream of an enjoyable “empty space” soon, maybe not. Up to you, to suffer daily this pollution or change your behavior. Healthier, simplier searching for “better”, more than “more”. Remember it’s worthier to “be”, than to “have”…

Any experience so far, before burning out? Share it quickly…

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When WWW was built, it was nothing else than a private, closed and scientific network to share and exchange files, articles, in a steady rythm. Fair enough. From Tim Bernes-Lee’s Arpanet to Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn who created TCP/IP protocol, everything was done in a “scientific, military, professional” approach, for few users in fact. And from a couple of hundred scientifics to 2,4 billions users, let’s say there’s probably a huge gap…And the emergency to rebuild something different, from scratch or in incremental way, but reboot the system. Some say that the only IPv6 solution (eg that solutes the problem of the exponential needs for IP address) is already a titans’ work…And don’t believe it will be possible to start from zero, and recreate something more efficient.

The experts say there’s challenges that this new “web” must overcome, as:

  • security: inside and bornbuilt security systems to avoid firewalls and sustain authentification, without identity hacking
  • mobility: only the network counts, as you’re mobile, you never have to be unplugged by ruptures in the different networks/rates. content everywhere, anytime, anydevice and without any interruption
  • resources: always find the best way with less consumption to deliver content
  • multilanguages: to improve the writing, characters and different signs in any language
  • repetition: push messages on several networks at-a-time

wwwNo need to say that facing these big issues, the former structure of Internet is not sufficient anymore. And different theories with for example, IP concepts that identified localised adress more than identity, or identify contents or services more than machines. Internet may be tomorrow a single highway more than a network of networks, which was the spirit of the begining. And has to be more “fluent” and flexible, dealing with the huge amount of datas and contents that goes every day all around the world. The future is in creating emergency roads, to double and increase the different ways to deliver datas rate, called “redondance”, and give up with old IP notion: enhance security and hold the real identity online, through a personal adress, linked to people/place (eg mobile) more than device. A very interesting journey and project, and we know it worths all over the efforts to get there.

Moreover:

http://www.strategyland.com/2011/rebuild-the-internet

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/a-call-to-rethink-internet-search

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/techfile/240835-smartphones-make-internet-giants-rethink-strategy.html

http://www.rethinkeverythingblog.com/the-internet-of-things

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A French-American meeting took place in the HEC Alumnis offices, for a very special and thrilling conference on the life now with computers. Organized by different groups (Harvard France, HEC International Dev, Stanford club of European leaders) and framed by several meetings like this with different topics, we had an interesting demonstration for the full room within: “the impacts of computers on our world”. Great teasing for tremendous steps, we forgot to remember, as time shifted so quickly.

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A new journey for the future, or must I say, our now standard life, since industry, energy and engines shifted to information, digits and computers. First there was mechanics, engineering and lots of complicated, tough and sheer materials. Built with hardcore and efforts, industry was a high rise work, human resourced and driven by process, maps and building lines. Hard times for a craft and machinery environment…Some started to think about another way of building the future, tempted by laziness or innovation oriented, there were large tracks for insights. Insights from the new revolution: digits.

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Digits came from the electronic mindset, given into new materials with new growth opportunities. Digits started to shape skills, things, objects and re-create even up to process and the whole chain of building. Then was born the digital era and the computer invasion. From energy engines to information and computers, throughout 4 pillars like interfaces, algorithms, languages and machines, we totally erased mechanics with digits theory and computer science. The simple scope where “you put, you get” is over by the fact that any input in the web right now open the whole world in a snapshot. Breathless, isn’t it?

613-2832-1-PBWe never anticipated this awesome revolution, and I think even researchers, at that times, didn’t know what kind of issue it could be. They ignored the whole and extraordinary fields of modernity we could then step into. Even education and physiological parts of brain seem today have changed, with a new ongoing learning, where you can get the answers nearly before the questions. Considering the new race for datas, speed, networks and rates, it will stay a main revolution up to the education system where digital shifted the way we learn: online courses, ongoing lessons and wikis, even our brain changed the way it stores information. While we’re able to have in one click a huge mass of knowledge, how long is it useful to store and hold datas in our brain? This is probably in fact the most visible change with our daily life on tablets, smartphones or whatever screen…How could we stand now without computers?
We saw some thrills about the next wave, were objects will contain their own self computer inside and will be able to stand as some “complex self systems” that will deal with humans, with intellection, interactive and time-real conversation. But you already know where is the “off” button, don’t you?

More about “life and computers” :

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus/life-with-computers-10346

http://www.mylifeiscomputers.net

http://ubiquity.acm.org/article.cfm?id=1217836

http://bhuddametrics.blogspot.fr/2011/12/role-of-computers-in-daily-life.html

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We can stare at the world or try to guess what’s going on, and sometimes see nothing new or particular. Because we’re immerged in so much techs, we’re sometimes blind or unable to see further or larger. Let me introduce you to these part of “silent milestones” that break our daily lives and will lead you to incredible future.

1) mobile internet: linking people and supplying real solutions for isolated zones of the world. Healthcare, senior caring, education, learning and preventing, sales power targeting, CRM…so much applications to grow

2) ongoing knowledge management: reducing hardworking and enhancing productivity at work

3) connected “things” (objects): chips, NFC, medical chips and personal folder…

4) cloud: erasing frontiers of datas and grow storage capacity. Allowing new ways of collaborative work and boosting sharing and storing

5) bots: everywhere, cars without driver, automated train/tube, robotics in surgery and micro surgery, disability/handicap powering…

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6) genome: playing with the essence of creation in birth processing, enabling programmed diseases or creating new kinds vegetals with vitamins or bio organism

7) energy saving and renewal energies: getting the good pace for earth, for a sustain balanced growth, allowing new sources of new powered but green energy

8) 3D printing: a new way to modelize, shape and create prothesis or materials in one piece, before large scale industrialization

9) nanometrics: micro targeting diseases or putting small “chips” on organism to rise efficiency of in several fields (medical, industry….)

10) digging for new energies exploitations: light tight oil, chiste gas and many new sources of energy

Yes, you probably heard of some of them, but don’t measure the exact potential of any. That’s what makes innovation a very pleasant game, in creating uses ongoing, while you just discover the progress. In all of these new “killer apps”, there’s so much usability to invent, because we’re at the beginning of what humanity can do with it. But beyond all, fear is the worst attitude with the risk of losing an incredible opportunity. Ignorance is the dark side of ourselves and we may be suspicious not to get into. That’s not because we don’t “know” yet, that we must not “try”. If we don’t know the future, let’s invent it.

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“Objects now become kind of chatterbox and the world shifts as an huge connected information system”

Yes we must now consider objects as a real part of social movement, even if social genuinely means « interaction between two human beings », they can enter the game of socialization…How far, when, for which uses/features? Future will tell…

2020: 20 Billions of connected objets; which ones, which services behind and for which uses? What might we face in organizations, skills, value chains and industries?

« We don’t GO on the WWW, we are IN the WWW » (J. de Rosnay, 2008). In this case we can’t ignore the new environment in which we’re living, wired, connected, localized, targeted…? What is our trigger of rejection or how far will we go, in including this obsessing world, that is up to us more and more.

That is to say with many questions to push ourselves in another world, framed with robots, domotics, and domestic suppliance, increasing interrogations about the destiny, goals and playing field. While complete digital revolution leads to many disasters in balanced industries, destroying employment in short term, what could bring more automation of flows, relations and process?

For the opportunistic point of view, it’s far from now, several huge enhancements to come, in a larger scale for domestic, economic and social matters. When coming to mass market, leading the wheel can be an astonishing venture in sectors like:

  • Tracing products, animals, reducing sanity risks and increasing the visibility on nurturing, growing in real time
  • Improvements on supply chains and « just in time », reducing stock wastes and better control
  • Equipment for handicapped people or old people, to enhance daily life with smart objects or function, and for health monitoring with things like flesh sensors (EES2) or with connected wifi body scale from Withings
  • Production improvement with robots like farming robots
  • Monitor, schedule and show the mass of available energies for a town, area or more, increasing the action on it and on the way we consume it: something making possible ups and downs and informing people when and how to use it (see an example with dontflushme)
  • Connected cities with huge projects involving simple objects with new roles and useful faces like intelligent pavements in Toulouse, France that supplies energy when you walk on them or ”Simplicity” project from Keiichi Matsuda (Domesti/City) and LivingPanIT, future tools for bright cities. Check also Songdo City in South Korea, aimed to welcome more than 75.000 citizens in 2014
  • Lifestyle environment: domestics, visual and personal comfort, intelligent paper with paperzoom, or fridges ordering themselves what’s relevant for the household’s needs, relating to stock or food desires. Taking in count the necessary monitoring of your weight, mood or health state
  • Self-domestic with « things » like green plants, furniture, design…), the silent communication (“utility” for house domestics, alone…)

While we see lots of interesting opportunities, we may consider the downsides and potential dangers that come with digital era, and could explode with the complete participation of connected objects, like :

  • Hacking: with the economic exploitation for the silent information war: stocks, financial system, gold and raw materials, everything that could trick valuation but also nuclear and military settlements connected in some ways could be hackable…
  • What about electronic polls and the ability to cheat and trick democracy?
  • Tomorrow, school and exam results may be built by machines, increasing the ability to exploit a fault in the whole chain and leading to discredit of levels and graduations?
  • How far build and trust open data: do we fight to show anything we can (see Pachube), a whole community lead site with usermoderation and the degree of trust that is questioned so far?
  • Automatic terminals that guide, manage and secure aerial traffic, train regulation and so long: who can we trust, relating to security matters?
  • Telco system with parallel ways (social networks) with lots of information publicly available everywhere, because no one can verify the sense, truth capital and relevance?

Very hard times in trying to imagine the different faces and practical aspects of this new behavior, allowing objects to be linked and part of the global conversation. From now, protocols have already shifted to new (with for example ipv6), to welcome and hold the huge growth of connections, increased by the participation of these smart objects…But as any physical people, we can see “reputation” and need of protection of digital identity. Some solutions like myID.is or myid.com will probably grow to guarantee the trustiness and truthfulness of exchanges and conversations. That means the identification must be on the object level and not necessary on the object’s owner level, who can change

We all already know that mobile devices and mobile behavior will be the dominant platform for datas, communication and entertainment tomorrow, then mobile web and connected objects will stand as  beacons of business in this incredible story.

There’s probably something attractive with everything seeming to be linked and connected. Just like losing our innocence, our ability to “think” and hold a sheer relation. When it’s about progress, one can be ready for anything to rock the boat…But how far? We’re still in the growth for “just” only fighting poverty and analphabetism and increasing digital uses may lead to writing mistakes and in the end, complete lack of knowledge about it! What about grammar, syntax, style effects that create a conversation and build a codified exchange between humans?

We so have to consider all these opportunities, integrating them into a whole ecosystem before they take control of us…Give rules, a place for everyone and everything, including interactive roles in our lives and dream about new “social networks for objects.” And then, pray that objects will invite us in their circle, where they will exchange datas, signals…conversations? A binary world from 0 to 1…

But who will be responsible for these shared contents or actions lead by the connected objects? Which legal matters: The owner? The user? The network?

In fact a subject not really new, that takes some time to land off but whose applications will help in many sectors with strong uses like breaking the digital rupture, domestics compliance and lots of local and practical innovations. Then « objects went social » could have been a HG Wells book. Shall we say « social » talking about objects when described as « media which enable interactivity between two or more humans »?

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Yes it reminds me the famous title “I love Paris” covered by so many artists (Sinatra, Fidgerald…), written by Cole Porter in 1953, and Google could make it his new hymn, to prove and show his gratitude to France. Few days after a sparkling opening of their new Googleplex in Paris, they decide to gear up their settlements in France, for all French happiness, starting by President Sarkozy himself, who visited the new European HQ. Through his European presence, covering in France with “LeWeb” wide conference and its opening, Eric Schmidt had smart opportunities to enforce and insist on French American relation, strong, passionned and built since several years, through cooperation, respect and culture integration. There’s no mystery between the two countries, rythmed by the brotherhood relations between President Obama and President Sarkozy, who gave so many proofs of collaboration, mutual respect and strong position facing the recent crisis.

Dealing with its agenda, Eric Schmidt had a short talk with fellows of French-American Foundation, on 7th of december, with many people from different horizons. A smart and warm seance with french students, entrepreneurs, citizens, allowing the audience sharing thoughts, opinions and questions with Google’s chairman. We spent a cute but short time, enjoying the sense of humour of someone who deals with lots of challenges every day, straight to the point. He underlined and justified the choice of France as a new European and Middle-east settlement because of culture, talented and skilled people and that special taste of something sometimes called “arrogance”, that keeps French alive and probably unique. As a French citizen, I can confirm but prefer a “passion” side of this character

Mr Schmidt delivered some clues about how Google cope with the main issues he has to deal with: data privacy, creation protection, EU lawyers at Brussels ongoing affairs, mobile potential and some of the new big features, Google’s working on. He agreed with the fact they made some mistakes and must be very humble about the privacy: the “don’t be evil” quote from the ages might be a straight forward obsession, to get back to trust and loyalty. Musing all these subjects with all the following statements with:

  • the importance of being in France for a long time. Periods of doubt and untrustancy disappeared and i’ts time to build something stronger with the French ecosystem (schools, startups, VCs, engineering…). Trusting in the ideas system and relevancy, but saying there’s obviously a problem with “financing” ideas…in France
  • the challenge of globalization, where in fact they are with the sheer nature of the web itself. Passing through a nearly joke with “politics often act local while problems become global”
  • the increasing view and facts with mobile and smartphones that boost all the web uses and underlining apps. No, Google doesn’t plan to be a full carrier for mobile…but there’s an advanced work with the Nexus and so much more…
  • the fact that a company like Google changes the world, because “technology change expectations”. Consumer becomes much more clever, accurate and addicted to more services. the way it “changes” the world…
  • the cycles gear up now: increasing difficulty to see long term expectations and trouble relations with VCs and financial sources
  • the necessity of keeping that “don’t be evil” faith, beyond buzz and threats: building trust means protect from all, privacy and engagement from community
  • the digital fence and opportunity: freezing some industries but opening wide fields for innovation
  • the hard file with the “Hadopi” French exception, in a whole, plugged, wired and online world: protect the creation in a WWW more opened than ever…and punish pirats but not the tools that put, rank and organize the links to contents…“autocrats dream to turn off the internet, he said”
  • his three keys to success (personaly like it): Ideas, Team, Quick delivering
  • a shortlink to new ambitions with art and museum: Google Art Project

I spent a smart moment with a tremendous manager. One who can rock the world and lead great innovation, passion and engagement. One who could ignite the taste for entrepreneurship, leading business and mentor a whole industry, in the tracks of enlightning the way we do business. Thanks to French American Foundation for having organized this relevant session, I think I’m not the only one “liked” it.

That made my day for sure, in the way I love America, since earliest stages. Of course because of my cousin, Sean (who is a great jazz musician, a complete talented “entertainer”) and his father who died in 2008, Jimmy, who played and brought the blue note in Paris in the 50’s, and played with the best. For me, it’s definitely a family and love affair with America

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