In partnership with OpenClassrooms and Fondation Abeona, Institut Montaigne recently launched "Objectif IA": a free, online training course to learn everything about artificial intelligence in less than 6 hours.
With no prior knowledge required, this course aims to make at least 1% of the French population aware of the opportunities and the challenges of artificial intelligence.
Anne Bouverot, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Technicolor and Chair of Fondation Abeona, explains why these future issues are so important and how they impact us all.
The coronavirus crisis, a boost towards a more digital society...
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown from which we are only slowly emerging will have long-term effects, and will, more specifically, be a powerful boost towards a more digital society. Everyone of us has developed new habits, whether it is working remotely, distance-learning, online shopping, virtual meetups with friends, watching Netflix for countless hours, remotely blowing out birthday candles, video consultations, online yoga classes... And we will not give them all up entirely: we are going to adopt some of them.
... notably thanks to artificial intelligence
Before the coronavirus pandemic, artificial intelligence was being discussed a lot. Will it keep going? Even though artificial intelligence, often referred to as AI, is clearly not the sole factor, it still paves the way to a more digital life. Take, for example, the shopping recommendations on websites, the writing assistance tools that suggest complete sentences for emails, the way the Zoom software can cut out your face, allowing you to turn the background into a holiday picture or a picture of your real office... And better still: virtual aids to recognize signs of SARS-Cov-2 on lung X-rays, predictive models mapping the spread of the epidemic based on the number of close contacts between people and the contagion rate... all of these, to a varying degree, employ artificial intelligence techniques.
But what is artificial intelligence? Should we fear it?
It is not what is shown in science fiction movies or video games, nor is it just a technology able to distinguish between cats and dogs, or puppies and muffins; AI is increasingly being used in everyday life, often without awareness on our part.