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This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells

This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"a tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying  to give your iPhone the senses of smell and taste, too.

The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them," explains Sam Khamis, Adamant's founder and CEO.

This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.

This was a pretty tricky problem to solve. A computer can easily identify a chemical in the air, but put a bunch of them together and it's stumped. For instance, humans can tell when there's pizza and chocolate chip cookies in the same room. Computers have a harder time with that."

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Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

L'édition 2015 de la Conference USI (Unexpected Sources of Inspiration) s'est tenue début Juillet au Carrousel du Louvre et a confirmé son statut de meilleure Conference Tech sur Paris, combinant un site exceptionnel, une audience de plus de 1200 participants très diverse et de très bon niveau, et une palette de speakers dans plusieurs disciplines délivrant une quarantaine d'interventions sur les deux jours. La Caisse des Dépôts était de nouveau partenaire de cette édition avec plus d'une cinquantaine de participants dans le cadre de son programme de transformation digitale.

François Hisquin, CEO d'Octo et Curateur de la conférence, m'avait demandé d'intervenir sur la thématique d'Open Compute, dont la contribution aux enjeux de la transition énergétique n'est toujours pas correctement appréciée en Europe alors même que nous hébergeons des entreprises extrêmement talentueuses dans ce domaine.

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Keynote en video et slideshare pour ceux qui n'ont pas le son

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CHECy's curator insight, November 25, 2015 12:15 PM

Intervention de Philippe Dewost, Président d'honneur du CHECy, lors de la conférence USI 2015.

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Fully homomorphic encryption, or how to perform operations over encrypted data | Orange Research blog

Fully homomorphic encryption, or how to perform operations over encrypted data | Orange Research blog | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Can we outsource medical analysis without giving away our medical information? Can we do biometrical identification without revealing our characteristics? Can we make statistics on data that we do not know? Yes we can, thanks to a cryptographic mechanism called “homomorphic encryption”.

Cryptography has known many transformations over the years. Many centuries ago, it was first used to protect military and political communications. Though very simple, the mechanisms then devised are still the foundation of current cryptography. The introduction of the computer during Second World War considerably increased the computation capacity. This increase reflected on cryptography in the late 70’s, when public key cryptography was invented. Cryptography became a thriving scientific field. Numerous academic works were produced, commercial standards were set and cryptographic algorithms began to secure our daily life. Today, cryptography is everywhere: in our credit cards, in our phone communications, in our internet browsing, etc.
But new services are today under deployment, such as mobile services, cloud computing, BigData or IoT. These services generate and process a huge amount of personal and sensitive information. As users become more and more concerned about their privacy, and industries want to protect their sensitive data, a new challenge arises for cryptography. Indeed, if this data was to be simply encrypted, processing it would be impossible. This leaves users and service providers with a dilemma: choose between usability and confidentiality of these sensitive data. Here comes fully homomorphic encryption!

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Here is a fantastic "paper" by Orange Research that deciphers homomorphic encryption in a very clear way, and outlines its future and challenges.

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22 Companies Leveraging Blockchain for Identity Management and Authentication

22 Companies Leveraging Blockchain for Identity Management and Authentication | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Among the variety of non-financial use cases, blockchain technology can be applied to identity applications in areas such as digital identities, passports, e-residency, birth certificates, wedding certificates, IDs, online account logins, etc. Creating an identity on blockchain can give individuals greater control over who has their personal information and how they access it.

By combining the decentralized blockchain principle with identity verification, a digital ID can be created to act as a digital watermark which can be assigned to every online transaction of any asset. Here are some of the pioneers in building blockchain-based identity management and authentication solutions for cross-industry applications

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Interesting array of use cases at the crossing of trust and privacy.

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Interesting array of use cases at the crossing of trust and privacy.

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Appel à candidatures pour les Prix de l’innovation 2017 « Le Monde » - Smart Cities

Appel à candidatures pour les Prix de l’innovation 2017 « Le Monde » - Smart Cities | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fort du grand succès d’une première édition au printemps 2016, Le Monde organise deux concours, l’un pour les candidats des pays membres de l’Union européenne, l’autre ouvert aux candidats des autres pays du monde, tous porteurs de projets en matière d’innovation urbaine.

Ces prix sont ouverts aux projets entrés dans une phase de réalisation, qu’ils émanent de particuliers, d’associations, d’entreprises ou d’organismes publics ou privés.

Les candidats doivent postuler à l’une des six catégories suivantes:

· Innovation urbaine : innovation technologique appliquée à la ville.

· Participation citoyenne (Prix Le Monde-Inta) : décerné à un processus dans lequel les citoyens assument un rôle dans l’élaboration et la gestion des espaces et services urbains physiques et/ou virtuels ;

· Habitat : projet innovant en matière d’espace de vie urbain (résidentiel, bureaux, matériaux nouveaux, etc.) ;

· Mobilité : projet facilitant une circulation à dimension plus humaine et plus économe ;

· Energie : projet visant à réduire l’empreinte carbone des villes ;

· Action culturelle : innovation sociale et numérique de dimension culturelle et urbaine.

Les candidatures européennes sont à envoyer (en français, en anglais ou en espagnol) à smartcities@lemonde.fr, avant le 19 février 2017 à minuit.

Les candidatures des pays non-européens sont à envoyer (en anglais si possible) à smartcitiesint@lemonde.fr avant le 2 avril 2017 à minuit.

Les éléments à envoyer pour postuler sont les suivants :

· un lien vers une vidéo de trois minutes maximum qui présente la solution;

· un texte de 3 000 signes maximum avec un descriptif de l’initiative, son ou ses objectifs, la nature de l’innovation, le calendrier prévu, les acteurs, le coût et le financement ;

· un document officiel justifiant de votre identité et de l’existence juridique de votre structure.

Un jury international composé de personnalités qualifiées examinera les candidatures et choisira les lauréats. Chacun des six prix est doté de 1 000 euros. Le jury sélectionnera parmi l’ensemble des candidats le lauréat du Grand Prix Le Monde- L’Atelier BNP Paribas, doté de 2 000 euros.

Les prix européens seront remis le 7 avril 2017 à Lyon. Les prix internationaux seront remis à Singapour début juin


En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/les-prix-de-l-innovation/article/2016/11/24/appel-a-candidatures-prix-europeens-de-l-innovation-2017-le-monde-smart-cities_5036994_4811683.html#6q8tid6Ao79uVqQy.99
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La CDC sera cette année partenaire des Prix Le Monde Smart City. N'hésitez pas à candidater pour :

  • Le Prix européen : remis en avril à Lyon,
  • Le Prix « monde » : remis en juin à Singapour
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Where The World’s Ten Most Active Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest In Tech

Where The World’s Ten Most Active Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest In Tech | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over the last seven years, France’s Banque publique d’investissement, or Bpifrance, has been the world’s most active sovereign wealth fund investing in private tech companies. Bpifrance was originally set up as a sovereign investment fund in 2009.

The government of Singapore owns the world’s second and third most active funds. These two funds are Temasek Holdings, which distributes dividends solely to Singapore’s Ministry of Finance, and GIC, the private equity investment arm of the government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

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Very proud to see our largest subsidiary deploying the "Investments For The Future" (the €35 Bn plan launched in 2011) funds across the french economy, and proud to see its Mother Company being also part of the ranking in such a prestigious crowd !

Disclosure : I work for Caisse Des Dépôts representing it as the sole LP in the Bpifrance funds managed for the IFF/PIA program.

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Very proud to see our largest subsidiary deploying the "Investments For The Future" (the €35 Bn plan launched in 2011) funds across the french economy, and proud to see its Mother Company being also part of the ranking in such a prestigious crowd !

Disclosure : I work for Caisse Des Dépôts representing it as the sole LP in the Bpifrance funds managed for the IFF/PIA program.

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The iPhone Unsung Sine Qua Non

The iPhone Unsung Sine Qua Non | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The iPhone’s 10th birthday was a happy opportunity to look once again at Steve Jobs’ masterclass in storytelling and positioning, and to contemplate, with incredulous gratitude, the enormity of the consequences. As Horace Dediu, our nonpareil tech historian and poet, recently remarked with his trademark humor, The First Trillion Dollars is Always the Hardest [as always, edits and emphasis mine]:

“In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time. The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018.

[…] iOS will have generated over $1 trillion in revenues for Apple sometime this year.

In addition, developers building apps for iOS have been paid $60 billion. The rate of payments has now reached $20 billion/yr.

No one saw it coming, Apple execs included. For their part, the high tech incumbents made many infelicitous statements, only to be steamrolled when the iPhone and, later, Android changed everything. The Smartphone 2.0 wasn’t just a one-to-one communication device, it influenced media creation and consumption, transformed everyday commerce with in-phone wallets and touch ID, turned social networking into a ubiquitous tool. It even forced Enterprise information systems to completely rethink and retool their infrastructure — this wasn’t simply a computer with a “smaller form factor”.

In retrospect, the ascendency of Smartphone 2.0 and the way it has shaped our culture seems obvious and natural. But the celebration and contemplation overlooks a crucial Sine Qua Non, a necessary (but not sufficient) condition: Unlocking the carriers’ grip on handset specifications, marketing, and content distribution.

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Fascinating Monday Note by Jean-Louis Gassée, reminding us that while much has been said about the original iPhone’s success factors (an innovative multi-touch interface, a never-seen-before combination of cell phone, iPod and Internet “navigator”) we are often missing one crucial element: removing the carrier’s control on the iPhone’s features and content.

Quoting Horace Dediu, “In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time. The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018."
Amazed that iOS will have generated over $1 trillion in revenues for Apple sometime this year."

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Interview with Quantopian's CEO, John Fawcett

Interview with Quantopian's CEO, John Fawcett | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

After he left Tamale, Fawcett started spending time with quantitative traders (i.e., quants) and the more he learned about how they created trading algorithms, the bigger and bolder his next idea became. The outcome of his thinking led him to a pivotal insight: the time had come to disrupt the exclusive world of quantitative hedge funds. How would he do it? By harnessing the power of crowdsourcing to build a community of quants, feeding that community with lots of data and incentivizing the community (through regular contests and events) to produce new strategies that could be used in live trading. Today, that unique approach has been transformed into one of the mostly closely watched fintech companies in America. For the company’s next act, Fawcett and his co-founder, Jean Bredeche, are hard at work in laying the foundation to launch an in-house hedge fund utilizing strategies generated from its 100,000+ member community. The FR’s Gregg Schoenberg recently sat down with Fawcett to learn more about his company and the bold moves he’s making to level the playing field in one of the most lucrative — and heretofore undisrupted — corners of the investment management universe.

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When Quantitative Trading mingles with the Crowd. Will 2017 see the advent of new types of investment funds backed with thousands of LPs ?

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Lilium Aviation raises $10.7 million for vertical take-off and landing jet

Lilium Aviation raises $10.7 million for vertical take-off and landing jet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Flying cars have long been the centerpiece of fantastical future visions, but personal flying machines never quite materialized. One startup, however, is looking to change that.


Lilium Aviation has today announced a €10 million ($10.7 million) funding round from Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström’s Atomico, to create a world “in which everyone can fly anywhere, anytime,” the company says. But the electric Lilium jet isn’t a car as such — it doesn’t have wheels.


The jet remains a prototype for now, but with its latest funding round the company is looking to expedite development, with flight-testing kicking off in early 2017 ahead of commercial production.

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A child's dream moving closer to reality ?

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Interfaces On Demand – Matt Hartman

Interfaces On Demand – Matt Hartman | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We are at the very beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that humans communicate with computers. I laid out the beginning of my case for this in my essay The Hidden Homescreen in which I argued that as Internet-powered services are distributed through an increasingly fractured set of channels, the metaphor of apps on a “homescreen” falls apart.
The first obvious application was in chatbots, but as new unique interfaces come online, the metaphor becomes even more important. To understand this shift, it’s worth examining how platform changes have created entirely new businesses and business models. At its heart, it’s about the relationship between the reduction of friction and the resulting increase in data collection.

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Very interesting post. User Interfaces have indeed moved into User Experiences and as products/services saturate our free/idle moments, context management and focus on relevance will be indeed core.

Plus we won't manage the dozen of objects in the smart home with dozens of apps and screen interactions. This is where http://hayo.io could step in.

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Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner

Meet Lilium, the world’s first VTOL personal aircraft – Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016 Grand Prize Winner | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It’s hard not to get excited when people start talking about flying cars — after all, who doesn’t want a flying Jetsons car? When 2016 Hello Tomorrow Challenge grand prize winner, Lilium Jet, got on stage to present the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal aircraft, the audience was captivated. Before us was an image of a futuristic egg-shaped personal jet, majestically soaring above the glistening ocean.
Incubated under the auspices of the European Space Agency’s business incubation center in Bavaria, the young team of German engineers and doctoral students from the Technical University of Munich has a lofty ambition: to disrupt the future of everyday commute.
With Lilium Jet, people can move to rural areas while working in big cities, because long distances can be covered in a fraction of the traditional time.
Instead of queueing at an airport to go from Munich to Milan, you stroll into your garden, hop onto your Lilium, and take off; we’re talking about a garden of at least 15 x 15 meter. With electric engines, the Lilium is both quieter and more environmentally-friendly than helicopters. Classified as a light sport aircraft for two occupants, the Lilium can fly up to 300 km per hour, and requires only 20–30 hours of training as opposed to the costly, time-intensive training required to fly helicopters. Same as getting a driver’s license.

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Inspiring ; makes you want to fly. Yet how will regulators qualify such array of hairdryers and impose safety rules ?

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Samsung Possible Defection From ARM to RISC-V is a huge signal in the IoT chip war to come

Samsung Possible Defection From ARM to RISC-V is a huge signal in the IoT chip war to come | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Could Samsung be the first big defection from ARM since the SoftBank takeover?

It was always thought that, when ARM relinquished its independence, its customers would look around for other alternatives.
The nice thing about RISC-V is that it’s independent, open source and royalty-free.
And RISC-V is what Samsung is reported to be using for an IoT CPU in preference to ARM.
Now SoftBank made a point of saying that its take-over of ARM was to get into IoT. If Samsung is now going to RISC-V for its IoT CPU, this affects the scale of Softbank’s aspirations and may persuade others to defect to RISC-V.
The Samsung RISC-V MCU is said to be aimed squarely at the ARM Cortex M0.
Nvidia and Qualcomm are already using RISC-V in the development of GPU memory controllers and IoT processors.
Although, as Intel found, it’s almost impossible to replace an incumbent processor architecture in a major product area, which means that ARM’s place as the incumbent architecture in cellphones is secure, at the moment there is no incumbent processor architecture in IoT or MCU – so these are up for grabs by any aspiring rival processor architecture.

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X86 architecture gave Intel dominance of the large PC market before hitting the smartphone wall.

Cortex architectures gave ARM dominance of the much larger smartphone market before hitting the SoftBank wall.

RISC-V may be the next architecture for the even much larger IoT market (in volume at least).

Intel is a US corporation, ARM was once a british company now under japanese flag : the nice thing with RISC-V is that it is an independent, open source, and royalty free architecture.

This will have consequences over the next decade in the computing race between the US and Asia (think Loogson and now ARM), and may be an opportunity for Europeans to step in and avoid to remain as "The Pacific" of cyber tests.

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X86 architecture gave Intel dominance of the large PC market before hitting the smartphone wall.

Cortex architectures gave ARM dominance of the much larger smartphone market before hitting the SoftBank wall.

RISC-V may be the next architecture for the even much larger IoT market (in volume at least).

Intel is a US corporation, ARM was once a british company now under japanese flag : the nice thing with RISC-V is that it is an independent, open source, and royalty free architecture.

This will have consequences over the next decade in the computing race between the US and Asia (think Loogson and now ARM), and may be an opportunity for Europeans to step in and avoid to remain as "The Pacific" of cyber tests.

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NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published — A Question of T(h)rust

NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published — A Question of T(h)rust | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work. 

The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according to our current understanding of the laws of physics.

In case you've missed the hype, the EM Drive, or Electromagnetic Drive, is a propulsion system first proposed by British inventor Roger Shawyer back in 1999.

Instead of using heavy, inefficient rocket fuel, it bounces microwaves back and forth inside a cone-shaped metal cavity to generate thrust. 

According to Shawyer's calculations, the EM Drive could be so efficient that it could power us to Mars in just 70 days

But, there's a not-small problem with the system. It defies Newton's third law, which states that everything must have an equal and opposite reaction.

According to the law, for a system to produce thrust, it has to push something out the other way. The EM Drive doesn't do this.

Yet in test after test it continues to work. Last year, NASA's Eagleworks Laboratory team got their hands on an EM Drive to try to figure out once and for all what was going on.

And now we finally have those results.

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Will the journey to Mars one day be shorter that Jules Verne 80 days to circumtravel the world ?

Here is the question of t(h)rust as Flying Salad Bowls may be underway... (time to watch "Iron Sky" one more time)

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Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab

Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers.The problem with moving faster than most companies is that Facebook was plagued by delays whenever it had to outsource prototyping and testing of its gadgets and gizmos. With so much hardware on its 10-year roadmap, and quarter after quarter of profits stacking up, it made sense to build a dedicated laboratory within its Menlo Park headquarters.Facebook’s 10-year roadmap includes drones, satellites, lasers, telecom infrastructure, VR headsets, and augmented reality hardware that will all be prototyped at Area 404
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Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Joins Actility Board

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Joins Actility Board | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announces that Tom Wheeler, former chair of the US Federal Communications Commission in the Obama Administration, has joined the Actility Board. Wheeler is a passionate advocate to the development of internet solutions that increase productivity, believing that the value-add in Web 3.0 will come in leveraging information collected from connected sensors that enhance business processes across all industries, and monetization will no longer be driven only by targeting content at consumers. Wheeler’s appointment demonstrates Actility’s determination to achieve a leading role in that Web 3.0 future

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Une très belle participation du Fonds Ecotechnologies (souscrit par la Caisse des Dépôts pour le Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir et géré par sa filiale Bpifrance) recrute une pointure à son Board. Il va falloir leur faire rencontrer Accor ...

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22 Companies Leveraging Blockchain for Identity Management and Authentication

22 Companies Leveraging Blockchain for Identity Management and Authentication | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Among the variety of non-financial use cases, blockchain technology can be applied to identity applications in areas such as digital identities, passports, e-residency, birth certificates, wedding certificates, IDs, online account logins, etc. Creating an identity on blockchain can give individuals greater control over who has their personal information and how they access it.

By combining the decentralized blockchain principle with identity verification, a digital ID can be created to act as a digital watermark which can be assigned to every online transaction of any asset. Here are some of the pioneers in building blockchain-based identity management and authentication solutions for cross-industry applications

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Interesting array of use cases at the crossing of trust and privacy.

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Interesting array of use cases at the crossing of trust and privacy.

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Facebook IPO versus Snap IPO

Facebook IPO versus Snap IPO | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Just looking at numbers :)It’s probably irrelevant to compare those two separeted events. 5 years have passed, there are two times more smartphones and Facebook has successfully managed to become a highly growing & profitable company through incredible strategic moves: Instagram, Oculus, Whatsapp just to name a few.In May 2012, Facebook was valued 104 billions, after having raised 2.5B in venture capital and 16B at the IPO. Many people said it was overvalued. Now it’s easy to say it, but I remember at the time how impressed I was by the moves of Mark Zuckerberg and how obvious it felt to me that Facebook would be worth more than 200B in less than 2 years. It actually happened. And it’s now worth close to 400B.
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Must read analysis by Kima's Jean de la Rochebrochard for those who like me are still puzzled by the next mega-IPO
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Alexa, Stop Making Life Miserable for Anyone With a Similar Name!

Alexa, Stop Making Life Miserable for Anyone With a Similar Name! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant is creating chaos for people called Alexis, Alex and Alexa; TV sitcom tried to order milk — Life has been complicated ever since Alexa Sussman and her parents started using Amazon's Echo and its built-in ‘Alexa’ assistant.“Alexa, stop!” Joanne Sussman screamed in her living room.Immediately, the computer living inside her Amazon Echo speaker stopped playing her favorite music station. Simultaneously, Mrs. Sussman’s 24-year-old daughter, Alexa, froze on the stairs.
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AI first collaterals : girls named "Alexa", "Siri", or "Cortana". Unless we (or the IA giants) do something, these names will disappear from the charts soon while existing humans wearing these names will experience a nightmare.The short term winner ? "OK Google" as no child has been given such name... yet.
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These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Eight men now control as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International.
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Half of the 8 men controlling as much wealth as 3.6 Billion people come from High Tech
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West Web Awards by West Web Valley - Inscrivez-vous avant le 1er Février !

West Web Awards by West Web Valley - Inscrivez-vous avant le 1er Février ! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

LES 12 AWARDS RÉCOMPENSENT LES TALENTS BRETONS ET NANTAIS DU DIGITAL

Les West Web Awards sont ouverts à tous.
Habituellement, ce sont les structures qui sont récompensées, nous avons souhaité mettre un coup de projecteur sur les individus.

Vous travaillez dans le secteur public ou privé, vous êtes community manager d’une association, ou encore Chief Digital Officer d’une entreprise traditionnelle, lead developper dans une startup, UX designer en freelance… Alors déposez votre candidature !
Les West Web Awards récompensent des personnes qui ont fait preuve d’excellence dans un projet digital.
Notre objectif est de promouvoir le dynamisme numérique du territoire en récompensant ceux qui le font vivre au quotidien.

Douze trophées à emporter, qui sera le meilleur dans sa catégorie ?

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Douze trophées vont récompenser les talents du numérique territorial lors de la cérémonie des West Web Awards le 9 février 2017 à Brest : en ferez-vous partie ? #FrenchTech #WestWebValley

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Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1-billion investment

Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1-billion investment | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley giant Apple Inc. on Wednesday confirmed that it is investing $1 billion (approximately Rs 6,793 crore) in Japanese telecom major SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund, an estimated $100-billion (approximately Rs 68 lakh crore) venture that will oversee the development of new technologies. Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn and the family of the Oracle corporation’s chairman Larry Ellison are also expected to invest in the fund, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple believes the move “will help ‘speed the development of technologies that may be strategically important” to it, company spokesperson Kristin Huguet said. Apple has rarely ever invested in venture capital companies before.

While SoftBank will itself invest approximately $25 billion (approximately Rs 17 lakh crore) in its Vision Fund, it will be back largely by the Saudi Arabian government. American telecom equipment company Qualcomm Inc is also expected to put in an investment.

The SoftBank Vision Fund is expected to close its fundraising efforts by mid-2017.

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When $1Billion buys you 1% of a funding round #OrderOfMagnitude

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Infinit Joins Docker

Infinit Joins Docker | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Infinit and Docker are joining forces.

To anyone following the container space, this may not come as a surprise because persistent storage remains the number one challenge when it comes to container technologies.

Still, for Infinit, this is a huge milestone, closing the loop that has taken the team through quite an incredible journey.

 

Docker has changed the way developers work. By providing an ecosystem of tools based on container technologies, developers and operators have been able to gain in agility and security. At the same time, Docker has succeeded at reconciling operators and developers (through what has been dubbed the DevOps movement) by making them speak the same language.

 

This whole revolution is still in its early stages even though both ends of the spectrum, startups and enterprises, have jumped on the train. Indeed, at this point, containers have been used primarily to deploy stateless applications because these can be stopped and relaunched easily, allowing for easy scalability.

 

Unfortunately, this is no longer enough as developers want more. Namely, they want the ability to scale stateful applications, such as databases, as easily as their stateless counterparts.

With stateful applications being the next natural step in this evolution, Infinit comes into play by providing the Docker community with a storage platform that is scalable, resilient and easy to deploy.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Congrats to the Infinit team for this amazing home run !

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SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster

SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites. (We first heard about the filing through the r/SpaceX community on Reddit.) That is a hell of a lot of satellites.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
One day we might no longer see the stars or even the clouds but only The Cloud #WelcomeToTheMatrix
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Hayo is what you get when you cross an Amazon Echo with a Kinect

Hayo is what you get when you cross an Amazon Echo with a Kinect | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, I sat down with the company’s co-founders Gisèle Belliot and José Alonso Ybanez Zepeda, along with Uber co-founder-turned-investor Oscar Salazar, to discuss the product. The company’s ramping up for a formal announcement at CES, in tandem with the launch of an Indiegogo campaign, and it’s still working out some of the kinks around contextualizing its product.

We met up at a shared workspace in Manhattan, in a meeting room made up to resemble a living room — except for the big construction paper cutouts of buttons like Play and Pause adhered to different surfaces (another shorthand visualization of the product’s functionality).

By way of shortening this elevator ride, I’d describe the startup thusly: It’s Amazon Echo with a Kinect camera built in. In place of voice commands, you’ve got gestures.

In some ways Hayo is designed to fulfill similar functionality as Amazon’s hardware — a sort of connected home hub that ties together various smart devices — lights, music, thermostat, etc. When you get down to it, the possibilities are really endless when it comes to gesture controls in a three-dimensional space.

The company is, understandably, starting off simply with regards to functionality. At launch, the system will allow the user to designate 10 “buttons” per device. A button here is a point in space — a surface on, say, a wall or table. Each button can be assigned two different functions, which can adjust based on variables like time of day and user.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hayo is one of the most ambitious #IoT man machine(s) interface projects I have ever seen, led by an incredibly talented team in both New York and Paris, and backed by extremely strong IP.

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Fleur Pellerin, le nouvel investiteur surprise de Devialet

Fleur Pellerin, le nouvel investiteur surprise de Devialet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

C’est confirmé. Selon nos informations, Devialet, qui s’est fait une réputation avec ses enceintes haut de gamme, doit officialiser dans la journée une nouvelle levée de fonds de 100 millions d’euros. Celle-ci, qui avait fuité dans la presse il y a une quinzaine de jours, coordonnée par la banque d’affaires Bryan Garnier&co, occasionne l’arrivée de nouveaux investisseurs.

Dont Ginko ventures, une société de capital-risque suisse spécialisée dans la tech, créée en 2015, financée notamment par le géant taïwanais Foxconn, fabricant de produits électroniques et sous-traitant d'Apple. Par la même occasion, Jean-François Baril, fondateur et directeur général de Ginko, entre au conseil d’administration de Devialet. Parmi les autres nouveaux investisseurs cités figure le fabricant japonais d'électronique Sharp, acquis en 2016 par Foxconn.

Mais aussi, surprise, l’ancienne ministre de la culture et de la communication Fleur Pellerin fait une arrivée remarquée dans l’ex-start-up française devenue grande. Premier coup, joli coup. Trois mois après le lancement de son fonds Korelya Capital, elle doit annoncer ce 28 novembre un "investissement significatif" au sein de Devialet, selon un proche du dossier.

Il s’agit de la première opération de ce jeune fonds. Et dans la foulée, l’ex-ministre rejoindra le conseil d’administration de la société française spécialisée dans le son haut de gamme. Korelya avait été abondé à hauteur de 100 millions d’euros par le mastodonte de l’Internet sud-coréen Naver et sa filiale Line, connue pour son service de messagerie instantanée.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Félicitations à Quentin Sannié et à toute l'équipe de Devialet, pépite de La French Tech qui réussit une superbe levée de fonds !

Et chapeau bas à Fleur Pellerin dont le fonds Korelya Capital fait une entrée remarquée sur la scène française du capital investissement...

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Le futur du travail et la mutation des emplois vus par Yves Caseau

Le futur du travail et la mutation des emplois vus par Yves Caseau | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Le billet de ce jour rassemble un certain nombre de réflexions autour du « futur du travail ». Ce sujet est particulièrement d’actualité en ce moment, qu’il s’agisse de la presse ou de la préparation de la campagne présidentielle. En ce qui me concerne, j’ai eu la chance de passer une semaine à la Singularity University dans le cadre du Singularity University Executive Program, ce qui m’a permis d’approfondir mes idées sur le sujet. Ce billet reprend les points principaux que j’ai développé le 12 Octobre lors du séminaire de l’Académie des Technologies, lors d’une conférence intitulée « Emploi et travail dans un monde envahi par les robots et les systèmes intelligents ». Il s’inscrit dans la continuité d’un premier billet écrit il y a deux ans, mais j’ai affiné mon diagnostic et j’ai donc des convictions plus fortes et plus précises.

La première partie fait le point sur la question de l’automatisation – des robots à l’intelligence artificielle – et de son impact sur les emplois. Depuis la publication du rapport de Frey-Osborne en 2012, il y a eu de nombreuses réactions. La plupart sont conservatrices et prudentes, qu’il s’agisse du rapport de l’OCDE ou du livre récent de Luc Ferry. Je ne partage pas ce revirement comme je vais l’exprimer, particulièrement après avoir passé cette semaine à la Singularity University. Je vais au contraire développer une vision de l’évolution du travail dans laquelle l’homme est complémentaire de ces nouvelles formes automatisées de production et de création de valeur.

La seconde partie est une réflexion sur la société à la quelle conduit cette nouvelle vision du travail. C’est, par construction, une contribution à l’iconomie, c’est-à-dire l’organisation de l’économie dans le cadre d’une exploitation pleine et entière des bénéfices de la technologie de l’information, y compris dans ces capacités d’automatisation (lire la définition de Michel Volle). Je propose une vision « fractale / multi-echelle » de l’ iconomie qui réconcilie la domination des plateformes (« winners take all ») et le retour de la « localisation » (la priorité donnée à la communauté et au territoire ) face au désarroi (pour rester mesuré) que cette rupture de paradigme va produire. Dans la tradition des « power laws » de la nouvelle économie, les bassins d’opportunité créés par le progrès technologique ont une structure maillée et multi-échelle qui contient une « longue traine » de micro-opportunités pour microentreprises.

La troisième partie porte sur cette rupture, la transition de phase entre le modèle actuel de l’emploi qui est clairement à bout de souffle et un modèle possible, correspondant à la vision développée dans les deux premières parties. C’est la question fondamentale, et la plus difficile : même pour les partisans d’une vision optimiste du progrès technologique dont je fais partie, la transition qui s’annonce est complexe, voire brutale. Même si le titre du livre de Bernard Stiegler « L’emploi est mort, vive le travail ! » contient un message positif, ce changement n’est pas moins qu’une révolution, qui est par ailleurs déjà engagée. Face à un changement qui s’accélère et des vagues d’automatisation nouvelles qui se dessinent, je suis persuadé que le monde politique a un rendez-vous avec l’Histoire, et qu’un certain nombre de mesures sont nécessaires pour éviter des scénarios noirs qui sont fort bien décrits dans des ouvrages de science-fiction. Il est possible de construire une société équilibrée autour de l’iconomie, mais la tendance naturelle du techno-système, sans intervention et régulation, est d’aller vers la polarisation et l’affrontement.

J’ai résisté à la tentation facétieuse et opportuniste de nommer ce billet « comprendre les causes profondes de l’élection de Donald Trump », mais je pense néanmoins qu’une des causes essentielles de cette élection, qui semble défier le sens commun, est qu’une grande partie des électeurs sentent plus ou moins confusément qu’un monde est en train de se construire dans lequel ils n’ont plus de place. Ce n’est pas une « simple » réaction à la désindustrialisation, c’est une peur de se retrouver « assignés à résidence », pour reprendre les mots d’Emmanuel Macron, sans utilité pour cette nouvelle société technologique et automatisée. Le défi qui est devant nous est de rendre l’iconomie « inclusive », c’est-à-dire avec une place pour chacun qui lui permette de contribuer au travers de son activité.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

C'est long. C'est dense. C'est très bien documenté. C'est réfléchi. Cela ne se survole pas en 30 secondes mais on en ressort en ayant appris. Bref du grand Yves Caseau.

(si j'avais du titrer en anglais j'aurais repris le joli titre de la très mauvaise chanson d'un album de Heaven 17 "crushed by the wheels of industry" — The Luxury Gap, 1983 qui contient notamment "Let Me Go" et "Temptation")

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"Security is a tax on the honests" - Time to review Bruce Schneier USI 2013 keynote

Society doesn't work without trust

Human being is the only species with trust. We trust hundreds of strangers without even thinking about it.

 

How do we enable trust?

 

How does security enable trust. How do we induce trust?

  • Trusting friends is about who they are as persons.
  • Trusting strangers is about their actions

 

Trust: confidence, consistence, compliancy. It's about cooperation.

  • We trust people, companies and systems
  • We trust systems to produce expected behaviors

 

All complex ecosystems require cooperation. In any cooperative system, there is a way to subvert the system for personal interests.

 

These are called defectors in game theory. They are parasites. They can survive if they are contained. If too many parasites the body dies and the parasites die too.

 

Society doesn't work if everybody steals. Security can be defined as a tax on the honests.

 

Social species: individual competition plus group competition.

 

Security is to keep defection level at an acceptable minimum that is not zero.

 

NSA defector Edward Snowden raises moral debates but the point is that he is a defector. How group enforce the norm. Even mafia groups.

It is about societal pressure.

 

4 types of societal pressure

 

  1. moral: we don't steal because we know stealing is wrong.
  2. reputation: also in our heads but link to other's reactions. Humans are the only species to transmit reputation.
    Experiment: coffee machine + honesty box. Putting a photograph of a pair of eyes in the box bottom decreased the cheat rate dramatically
  3. laws: formalizing reputation, and focusing only on penalties (because of the cost implied by rewarding the majority of honest people). With exceptions in the shape of tax breaks
  4. technology: security systems. Door locks, alarms, ... Some of them extending globally. ATM cards are protected globally.

 

Example: eBay feedback mechanism is a reputational security system that worked remarkably for years as the main security system.

 

How does technology affects us?

Technology is what allows society to scale. It is neutral.

Filesharing: social pressure vs technology

Attackers have a first mover advantage and are more adaptive.

 

Mid 90's Internet going commercial: hackers used it immediately while it took 10 years to the police to figure out how to address it

Such delay is the main security gap

 

Our society is at a point where technology is faster than social changes which means that the security gap widens.

Before: buy this and you'll be safe

Now: when you've been attacked, please talk to us and we'll help

 

It's the antivirus history

Smart paradigm: detect unknown viruses including false positives

Stupid paradigm: check for signatures and update once or twice a day

 

The stupid paradigm seems to have won.

 

So technology will always favor defectors? True, but large organizations can now use technology in a much more effective manner.

Our society has the most technology and the largest institutions.

 

The battle is amplifying between agile defectors and slower yet more effective institutions. Losers are those of us in the middle.

 

To him it is not even clear how there is a balance nor how it will evolve.

 

As a conclusion

 

  1. there will always be defectors
  2. ourselves are not 100% cooperative, we all defect some time in a way
  3. law of diminishing returns
  4. there are good and bad defectors and history decided afterwards. That will be the case for Edward Snowden
  5. society need defectors. This is how we evolve. Defectors are at the forefront of social change: freeing the slaves, giving women voting rights

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Digiworld Summit 2016 is on "The Digital Trust Economy" - Time to remember Bruce Schneier's remarkable words of wisdom at USI 3 years ago - I have added my on the fly notes to the video link for those who prefer reading

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Digiworld Summit 2016 is on "The Digital Trust Economy" - Time to remember Bruce Schneier's remarkable words of wisdom at USI 3 years ago - I have added my on the fly notes to the video link for those who prefer reading