When algorithms replace humans, what is at stake? 

Véronique Steyer, Associate Professor in Innovation Management at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Milie Taing, Founder and CEO of Lili.ai

On March 22nd, 2023 4 min reading time

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly involved in our daily decisions but raises practical and ethical issues.

Why inflation in the US and the eurozone are not the same

Patrick Artus, Head Economist at Natixis

On March 22nd, 2023 3 min reading time

There is a clear difference between the US and the euro area in terms of the causes of inflation, the impacts of the different components and the explanation of inflation.


How recycling solar panels will help preserve energy security in Europe

Daniel Bajolet, Member of SAGSI (China) and Co-founder of ROSI

On March 22nd, 2023 3 min reading time

Cheating or chatting: is ChatGPT a threat to education?

Julien Grimaud, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences at Sup’Biotech, Pavla Debeljak, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at Sup'Biotech, Frank Yates, Director of Research at Sup’Biotech Engineering School

On March 15th, 2023 9 min reading time

AI-based chatbots represent a new route for those willing to cheat by asking questions about assignments or tests.

The Lightning Rod project: a laser beam to control lightning

Aurélien Houard, Researcher at LOA* at ENSTA Paris (IP Paris)

On March 15th, 2023 5 min reading time

This project uses laser technology capable of producing ultrashort, intense laser pulses, to deflect lightning strikes.


How to recycle CO2 using cold plasma 

Olivier Guaitella, research engineer at the Plasma Physics Laboratory (LPP*)

On March 15th, 2023 5 min reading time

Zero-knowledge: the solution to privacy problems on Blockchain?

Daniel Augot, Research Director at Inria and Co-head of the Blockchain Chair

On March 9th, 2023 4 min reading time

This concept used in cryptocurrency allows us to prove the existence of certain information without disclosing it.

How synthetic biology could help degrade plastic waste

Tania Louis, PhD in biology and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On March 9th, 2023 4 min reading time

While plastics are a pollutant for most living things, some bacteria and fungi have acquired the ability to turn them into a source of energy.


Hydrogen engines: an essential component in low-carbon transport

Gaëtan Monnier, Director of the IFPEN Mobility Results Centre and the Carnot IFPEN Energy Transport Institute, Luis Le Moyne, Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l'Automobile et des Transports (University of Bourgogne), Cédric Philibert, Associate researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and the Australian National University (ANU), François Kalaydjian, Director of the Economics & Intelligence Division and Hydrogen Coordinator at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN)

On March 9th, 2023 4 min reading time

Car-sharing: a critical step in reducing transport emissions 

Christophe Midler, Emeritus Professor of Innovation Management at École Polytechnique (CNRS/IP Paris), Thomas Matagne, CEO and Founder of Ecov

On March 1st, 2023 4 min reading time

This video series explores, in 2 episodes, the automotive industry, which is at the heart of the energy transition.

The use of nuclear power in deep space exploration

Pierre Henriquet, Doctor in Nuclear Physics and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On March 2nd, 2023 6 min reading time

Whether exploration flights are manned or unmanned, one of the major problems is always how to power the spacecraft or probe.

Cybersecurity flaws make French industry vulnerable

Jean-Luc Gibernon, cybersecurity director at Sopra Steria and administrator of the Cyber Campus, Guillaume Poupard, former director of Anssi, the French national agency for information systems security

On March 2nd, 2023 5 min reading time

In 2022, there was an estimated 26% increase in computer attacks. This is partly because the digital transition is not always accompanied by appropriate cybersecurity.

Responsible investment or greenwashing: how to tell the difference?

Patricia Crifo, Professor of Economics at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Researcher at CREST (CNRS) and Associate Researcher at CIRANO

On February 22nd, 2023 4 min reading time

Socially responsible investment evaluates investments according to non-financial criteria. Using its terminology superficially may be akin to greenwashing.

Origami and kirigami in the service of science

Sophie Ramananarivo, Researcher at LadHyX* (IP Paris)

On February 22nd, 2023 4 min reading time

Origami, the art of folding, and kirigami, the art of cutting, have techniques for making things that can be useful in certain scientific fields.

Gerard Creuzet

Photovoltaics: what future can we expect for Europe?

Gérard Creuzet,

President of Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France

On February 21st, 2023 4 min reading time

Climate transition: how is the financial system handling risk?

Vincent Bouchet, Researcher at EDHEC Business School

On February 15th, 2023 4 min reading time

Beyond the physical risks of global warming, there is a “transition risk” for the financial system resulting from the ecological transition.

“If the metaverse were a real revolution, it would already have happened!” 

Raphaël Granier de Cassagnac, CNRS researcher in particle physics, holder of the "Science and Video Games" chair at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), and writer, Clément Merville, Computer scientist and President of Manzalab

On February 7th, 2023 4 min reading time

This video series explores, in 2 episodes, the stakes of the metaverse from an educational, entertaining and socio-cultural point of view.

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