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Idriss Aberkane

Knowledge economy, biomimicry and cognitive neurosciences expert

Idriss Aberkane Biography

President of the Bioniria Foundation (Swiss Foundation for Bio- inspiration), Chairman & Founder of GBionics SA and General Bionics SA.

President of Chréage SA and Founder of the zero interest microcredit operator Eirin International in Senegal (which planted more than 20,000 trees and accompanies more than 40 families in the Senegal River Valley).

Idriss Aberkane held two doctorates and a PhD at the age of 29, including one prepared at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Teaching for 7 years at the Ecole Centrale Supélec where he created the “Geopolitics and Knowledge Economy” course and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University at the age of 20.

He has given more than 40 lectures in 3 languages on 4 continents to clients and institutions such as WHO, Pwc, Eiffage, Engie, Crédit Agricole, BPCE, BNP-Paribas, the PaciYic Business Forum, Google X, Stanford, Sciences Po etc.

His essays and books have been translated into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Greek. He is an editorial writer for Le Point magazine, which he has covered twice.

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Neuroergonomics and knowledge management

In the 1990s Bill Clinton and Al Gore campaigned around the “information highways”. The term, which is politically brilliant, is intended to make concrete for the public a notion that was very abstract at the time: the importance of the World Wide Web for employment and economic recovery; Gore and Clinton will even install coaxial cables themselves in schools and high schools to testify to their national importance. Today the new strategic commodity is knowledge, but we cannot plant optical Yibres directly in people’s brains… although that is exactly what Elon Musk wants to do with his Neuralink project, convinced that our natural means of absorbing knowledge are overcome in advance by the Yirst knowing machines: ArtiYicial Intelligence. This conference openly takes the opposite of Musk; it presents a science originally developed by the US Air Force to accelerate pilot training and develop more effective visual interfaces: neuroergonomy. The aim of this conference is to inform on the one hand about what exists in the Yield of invasive neuroergonomy (the Neuralink project and its technological bases), i.e. the neurotechnologies of brain implants, and to argue in favour of the high potential still open to our natural learning paths, without implants. We assume that if intravenous feeding is not advisable outside hospitalization, intra-nervous feeding of knowledge is not either, and that in the future, non-invasive interfaces will take precedence over those that claim to place silicon in our minds.

Algorithms versus Physiorithms

Algorithms versus Physiorithms, ArtiYicial Intelligence versus Natural Intelligence: why is ArtiYicial Intelligence good news? When IBM defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov in the 1990s, The Economist wrote “if your job looks like chess, be prepared to change jobs”. Today the AI beats all the champions of Go, a game mathematically much more complex than chess… but it does not beat the champions of video games. Far from making the human being obsolete, AI will force us to return to the most human thing in us, which is also the most precious thing. This is the subject of this conference.

Biomimicry and Knowledge Economy

This conference tackles a big lie of the industrial revolution: nature or employment, you have to choose. Indeed: where there is nature there is no employment (it is the countryside), and where there is employment there is no nature (it is the city), but is this opposition, which conditions the whole ecological debate, in all camps, inevitable? In this conference, which goes from 9th century Baghdad to today’s Cupertino, we argue that the barrel of knowledge is more proYitable than the barrel of oil, and this at all times. We demonstrate that biodiversity is also the world’s largest source of knowledge, a fact whose study is called bio-inspiration or biomimicry, and we conclude on the prospects of this Yield in terms of CleanTech and sustainable development: the proYitable abolition of waste or Blue Economy

Love Can Do

The profound lie of the industrial revolution: to produce or to Ylourish, you have to choose; either you are productive but depressive, or you are Ylourished but economically non-existent. Through concrete examples and scientiYic demonstrations, we propose a management model the “Love Can Do matrix” (CentraleSupélec, TEDx, Fondapol 2014) to reconcile productivity and development, and we explain how it works in cases ranging from Tesla to Wallace Chan.

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