Immortality, an ancient fantasy revived by transhumanism

Stéphane Charpier, Professor of Neuroscience at Sorbonne University and Research Director at Institut du cerveau de Paris, Cécilia Calheiros, PhD in sociology, specialist in transhumanism

On February 20th, 2024 6 min reading time

With life expectancy rising, advances in neuroscience are bringing the ideological aspects of transhumanism, that promotes the idea of surpassing the human condition.

How to recreate sound virtually in 3D

Sylvain Ferrand, Research engineer at Centre de mathématiques appliquées at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), François Alouges, Professor at Centre de mathématiques appliquées at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Philippe Le Borgne, Co-founder and developer of ConnectSuit

On February 20th, 2024 4 min reading time

Binaural sound is a method of sound diffusion that enables 3D sound to be recreated virtually.

Boris Cheval

Declining grades: physical activity to the rescue?

Boris Cheval, Assistant Professor of Psychology at ENS Rennes

On February 20th, 2024 6 min reading time

Water security: a local issue with international impact

Patricia Crifo, Professor of Economics at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Researcher at CREST (CNRS) and Associate Researcher at CIRANO, Maxime Elkington, Masters student in "Economics for smart cities and climate policy" at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On February 14th, 2024 7 min reading time

While global demand for water is increasing, available freshwater resources are diminishing, exacerbating tensions.

What mineral resources lie beneath the French soil?

Pierre-Alexandre Reninger, Geophysicist at the French Geological and Mining Research Bureau (BRGM), Matthieu Chevillard, metallogenic geologist at the French National Geological Survey (BRGM)

On February 14th, 2024 5 min reading time

BRGM will carry out an inventory of mining resources naturally present on French territory.

Victor Court

Low carbon energies still depend on fossil fuels, slowing the energy transition

Victor Court, Lecturer at IFP School and Research Associate at Chaire Énergie & Prospérité

On February 14th, 2024 4 min reading time

Demystifying generative AI: true, false, uncertain

Laure Soulier, Senior Lecturer at Sorbonne University in the "Machine Learning and Information Access" team

On February 7th, 2024 4 min reading time

Is generative AI an intelligent revolution? Should we be wary of it? Find out in this article.

Will we live on in the form of virtual avatars?

Laurence Devillers, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Sorbonne University

On February 7th, 2024 5 min reading time

What happens to a person’s digital data after they die? Advances in AI have taken the digital preservation of the dead to a new level.

Maria Eugenia Sanin

Electric vehicles: Europe is chasing lithium closer to home

María Eugenia Sanin, Lecturer in economics at Université Paris Saclay and coordinator of the Sectoral Policies group at the Energy and Prosperity Chair.

On February 7th, 2024 3 min reading time

Why COP28 was a critical conference for small island states

Patricia Crifo, Professor of Economics at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Researcher at CREST (CNRS) and Associate Researcher at CIRANO, Stefano Dall'Aglio, Masters student in "Economics of smart cities and climate policies" at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On January 31st, 2024 7 min reading time

These territories are particularly exposed to rising sea levels, droughts and extreme weather events that affect their populations and economies.

The animals with whom we share our cities

Benoit Pisanu, Ecology researcher at MNHN

On January 30th, 2024 4 min reading time

In the city, a wide variety of small mammals live in green spaces, including hedgehogs, field mice and shrews.

Canan Dagdeviren

A portable ultrasound scanner for the early detection of breast cancer

Canan Dagdeviren, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab

On January 30th, 2024 4 min reading time

Water, a growing source of global tension

Hervé Douville, Researcher at Centre national de recherches météorologiques (CNRM), Bertrand Decharme, CNRS Research Director at Centre national de recherches météorologiques (CNRM)

On January 24th, 2024 4 min reading time

Freshwater resources are unevenly distributed across the globe. This lack of availability has an impact on the world's population.

Are online recommendation algorithms polarising users' views?

Giordano De Marzo , Researcher in the Physics Department at Sapienza University

On January 24th, 2024 3 min reading time

With the advent of online platforms, opinions are becoming polarised on many subjects. Recommendation algorithms are one of the main causes of this.

Tania Louis

PrEP: preventing HIV infection without a vaccine

Tania Louis, PhD in biology and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On January 24th, 2024 5 min reading time

Are artificial intelligence and human intelligence comparable?

Daniel Andler, Professor emeritus in Philosophy of Science at Sorbonne Université, Maxime Amblard, Professor of Computer Science at Université de Lorraine, Annabelle Blangero, PhD in Neuroscience and Data Science Manager at Ekimetrics

On January 17th, 2024 5 min reading time

This confrontation is intrinsic to the history of AI: some approaches are inspired by human cognition, while others are completely independent from it.

Microchimerism: foreign cells that do us good

Maria Sbeih, Post-doctoral Researcher at Institut Cochin, Nathalie Lambert, Research Director at INSERM Autoimmune Arthritis Unit

On January 17th, 2024 4 min reading time

These cells, exchanged between a mother and foetus during pregnancy, could play a major role in repairing damaged tissues.

Cécile Chamaret

Benefits of household energy saving as a game

Cécile Chamaret, Professor in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris), Julie Mayer, Lecturer at Université de Rennes, Mathias Guérineau, lecturer in management science at Université de Nantes

On January 17th, 2024 3 min reading time
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Are artificial intelligence and human intelligence comparable?

Daniel Andler, Professor emeritus in Philosophy of Science at Sorbonne Université, Maxime Amblard, Professor of Computer Science at Université de Lorraine, Annabelle Blangero, PhD in Neuroscience and Data Science Manager at Ekimetrics

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Machine Learning: can we correct biases?

Stephan Clémençon, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Télécom Paris (IP Paris)

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AI Act: how Europe wants to regulate machines

Winston Maxwell, Director of Rights and Digital Studies at Télécom Paris (IP Paris)

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“Decisions made by algorithms must be justified”

Isabelle Bloch, Professor at Sorbonne University (Chair in Artificial Intelligence)

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Artificial intelligence: a tool for domination or emancipation?

Lê Nguyên Hoang, Co-founder and President of Tournesol.app, Victor Berger, Post-doctoral researcher at CEA Saclay, Giada Pistilli, PhD student at Sorbonne University affiliated with the CNRS Science, Norms, Democracy laboratory

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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

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Oil to lithium, the energy transition is shuffling the cards for global politics

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The switch to electric cars increases our dependence on China

María Eugenia Sanin, Lecturer in economics at Université Paris Saclay and coordinator of the Sectoral Policies group at t..., Olivier Perrin, Partner in the energy, resources and industry sector at Deloitte

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How decisions around energy shape geopolitical power

Anna Creti, Professor at Université Paris-Dauphine-PSL, Director of Climate Economics Chair and Associate Direct...

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Gas: intermediate energy source or energy of the future?

Olivier Massol, Professor at the Centre for Energy Economics and Management at IFP School

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Oil in murky waters: pressure on prices and uncertain demand

Patrice Geoffron, Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine and Director of Center of Energy and Climate Change Ec...

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Predicted scarcity of metals and rare elements are causing geopolitical tensions

Emmanuel Hache, Economic analyst at IFP Énergies nouvelles

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“Carbon diplomacy is an issue of power and sovereignty”

Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of the Energy & Climate Centre at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri...

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Energy transition: a gold-mine for countries of the “Lithium Triangle”?

María Eugenia Sanin, Lecturer in economics at Université Paris Saclay and coordinator of the Sectoral Policies group at t...

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