Retour sur la conférence annuelle 2019 – #2

Review of the 2019 annual conference – #2

On July 8, during our annual conference, roundtables and keynotes took place on the stage of the auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay. Punctuated by testimonials from member companies on the reasons for their implications in the Impact AI collective, their interventions focused on the main areas of the collective: AI and ethics, AI training and the use of AI for the good in general.

Here’s a look back at this important date for the think & do tank Impact AI, which published its first White Paper: A collective commitment for a responsible use of artificial intelligence.

Damien Gromier, CEO Startup Inside and founder AI for Good was the master of ceremonies for this first annual conference. Laurence Lafont, as President of the Impact AI collective, presented the results of this first year.


The importance of unbiased data

Emmanuel Bacry – Chief Scientist Officer Health Data Hub, opened the conference on data platforms for AI for Good. He stressed the importance of having qualitative and non-biased data by multiplying the sources of this data. He also presented the Health Data Hub. The latter lists the health data of 66 million French people and only the projects with a common good objective will be able to access them. He therefore engaged the auditorium around ethics, in the way of collecting this data as well as on its use.

“The Health Data Hub will be an ultra-secure access portal to all health data in France, to make unique projects. (…) We know that the GAFA arrived in France in good health, that means a lot of things are moving, that’s good. But there needs to be a counter-power over data governance, and that is a power that the state must take quickly.”

Emmanuel Bacry, Chief Scientific Officer Health Data Hub & Senior Researcher @CNRS & co-founder Nam.R


Why and how to train in artificial intelligence?  

The conference continued with a panel discussion moderated by Isabelle Ryl, Head of PRAIRIE project. Hélène Chinal, David Sadek, Frédéric Bardeau, Nicolas Demassieux and Joel Courtois discussed the consequences of the deployment of AI and the need to train both employees and young people in the jobs of tomorrow.

Key points: 

  • If there are specific trades to AI, all occupations will be impacted by artificial intelligence, either in the execution of the trade or in its core;
  • Project approaches need to evolve and be accompanied in these transformations because AI brings new dimensions;
  • Young people, before employment and employees already employed in companies, must be trained to develop skills;
  • AI is a lever for inclusion and employment;
  • The diversity of profiles helps to ensure unbiased use of data, and recruitment in this sector must adapt to these needs, including by increasing the number of women in the digital sector;
  • The collective’s Education working group also focuses on the following topic: making AI training accessible to all, with a mapping of available training.

“The whole point is to broaden the scope of skills around AI topics in an inclusive and diverse way. Our priority with Impact AI working group is to make all existing content accessible to develop knowledge of artificial intelligence.”

Hélène Chinal, Vice-President Impact AI & Director of Operations Capgemini France

  • Cybersecurity is a major issue of AI and this requires companies to train themselves on the subject;
  • Training also involves ethics training:

“ For me, there are three different topics on ethics: coaching, building technologies that can incorporate an ethical AI and ensure that AI developers themselves integrate the ethical principles.”

David Sadek, Vice-President research, technology and innovation Thalès

AI For Good

One of the working groups of  Impact AI focuses on supporting innovative and social projects with a positive impact. The roundtable “AI for Good” brought together three social entrepreneurs supported by the collective: Borna Scognamiglio – CEO Pixis, Gaele Regnault – CEO LearnEnjoy and Olivier Jeannel – CEO RogerVoice

Impact AI member companies offer to help social entrepreneurs by supporting their project with human and technical resources. They graciously provide free technology, software or licenses, and assign them collaborators whose skills are adapted to the project. Moderated by Arnaud de Moissac – CEO DC Brain, this roundtable #AIForGood first welcomed startups and their mentors on stage for a look back at this first year together. The three entrepreneurs then took the floor to present their project and clarify the role of artificial intelligence in increasing their positive impact.

LearnEnjoy & Devoteam, RogerVoice & Accenture, Pixis & Capgemini

AI for humanity

On March 29, 2018, at the college of France, the President of the Republic presented his vision and strategy to make France a leading country in artificial intelligence. Bertrand Paihlès, appointed coordinator of this strategy, gave us the honor of coming to close up the conference. He presented the actions and ambitions of the #AIforHumanity plan.

Key points: 

  • Coordinating the project into three main areas: being a better AI hub in the world, spreading AI in the economy, an ethical component (having rules, but also framing AI in its deployment);
  • The pooling of data will also concern areas other than health: artificial intelligence projects initiated by the Ministries of The Army and Economy are already under way;
  • Working together (public, private institutions, companies) and mobilizing all sectors;
  • Willingness to create a European model of ethical AI and federate everyone around it. 


We would also like to thank Jean-David Benassouli – Head of Data Analytics – Artificial Intelligence at PwC and Olivier Roussat – President Bouygues Telecom for their intervention on the involvement of their respective companies in the think & do tank.


This first conference, under the high patronage of the State Secretariat for Digital Affairs, brought together 300 people from the ecosystem around a commitment towards a responsible artificial intelligence.


With 48 members today, we hope to see tomorrow new companies, institutions and personalities mobilize around Impact AI to make artificial intelligence ethical, responsible and inclusive. 


You would like to join us? Check out our membership form.


About Impact AI: Created in 2018, Impact AI is a think & do tank whose ambition is to shed light on the ethical and societal issues of artificial intelligence and to support innovative and positive projects for the world of tomorrow.

Impact AI members on July 8th 2019 : Accenture, Air France KLM, Altran, AXA, Boston Consulting Group, Brennus Analytics, Capgemini, Christophe Denis, Craft AI, DataExpert, DC Brain, Devoteam, DXC Technology, Econocom, Engie, EPITA, France is AI, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Groupe Bouygues, Groupe Calliope, Groupe Hervé, Groupe VyV, La Poste, Magellan Partners, MAIF, Manpower, Mathilde Aglietta, Microsoft, InVivo, Orange,, PwC, RATP Groupe, Romain Dichampt, Schneider Electric, SKEMA, SNCF, Simplon, Soprasteria, Talan, Telecom Paris, Tell Me Plus, Thales Group, The Adecco Group, Umanis, Vekia.

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