[CONFIDENTIEL] SeniorAdom and Sigfox sign in China, Facebook vs. the Sofia robot, Google AMP, voice assistants …
Besides maintaining good diplomatic relations, a state trip is also an opportunity to harvest large contracts. On the occasion of President Macron’s official visit to China, accompanied by some fifty business leaders, French technological expertise was highlighted with the partnership between SeniorAdom and Sigfox united in a consortium of a part, and the city of Chengdu on the other. The signing of the agreement took place in the presence of Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping.
This involves deploying a remote assistance solution for seniors in the 20 largest Chinese cities, for 300 million euros, after a year of testing with 1,500 people in Chengdu in 2018. China has more than 200 million of seniors.
This solution is composed of motion sensors, door opening and an alert pendant as well as geolocation. It is designed to automatically detect behavioral abnormalities that may be the consequence of a fall, illness or the onset of mental fragility (Alzheimer’s). This solution is based, on the one hand, on the self-learning algorithms successfully developed by the company SeniorAdom and which have already been operational for 3 years in France, and, on the other hand, on the technology developed by Sigfox allowing the transmission of information. data at very low cost while being very energy efficient.
For SeniorAdom, Thierry Roussel, co-founder: “After a year of work with the French and Chinese authorities and our partner Sigfox, we are proud to note that French know-how can mobilize and seduce such a large nation, which approaches the dependency market with exemplary pragmatism, making prevention a strong focus. We also wish to salute the tremendous support of our embassy in Beijing, of the Bpi, of Business France and of our ministries, which are particularly driving forces and involved throughout the negotiations. For SeniorAdom, after 5 years of existence, it is a tremendous recognition of our know-how and a tremendous springboard for our international deployment ”.
Sigfox is the world’s leading supplier of a connectivity solution dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Sigfox network is available in 43 countries and will be in 60 countries by the end of 2018. With millions of registered objects and a growing ecosystem of partners, Sigfox offers companies to be at the forefront of innovation in the field. of IoT. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is based in Labège, near Toulouse, within the French IoT Valley. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore.
Founded in 2012, SeniorAdom has developed a remote monitoring solution that automatically detects, without having to wear anything, abnormal situations that may be the consequence of falls, discomfort or a sign of the onset of fragility. SeniorAdom is supported in its development by shareholders such as Caisse des Dépôts, or AG2R La Mondiale.
Initially, Accelerated Mobile Pages – or AMP – were to make life easier for everyone, both users and publishers. Unveiled in 2015 and officially launched in early 2016 by Google, the AMP page format was intended to significantly speed up page display on smartphones. However, publishers quickly became disillusioned.
And for good reason, this format favored Google URLs, that is to say URLs starting with “google.com/amp” in search results, and not those of publishers, due to confidentiality issues which make it practically impossible to load the page from the publisher’s server. Instead, pages are loaded from Google’s AMP cache which appends the prefix “google.com/amp” to the URL.
Good news, that will have to change according to Malte Ubl, the creator of the AMP project. Indeed, the latter announced a new version of the AMP cache based on the new “Web Packaging” standard. Thanks to the latter, “Google Search AMP navigations can take advantage of preloading preserving privacy and performance of Google servers, while URLs stay true to the publisher without compromising site securityExplains Malte Ubl. The prototype tested on Google Chrome and an experimental version of Google Search delivered initial positive results. Malta Ubl expects the first changes to be visible in the second half of 2018.
On January 4, Yann LeCun, director of the artificial intelligence division of Facebook, said in a post published on the social network all the bad things he thought about the famous robot Sofia and its media coverage, accusing for example the title TechInsider to be ” accomplice of the scam To maintain and play on the fears aroused by artificial intelligence.
Ben Goertzel, the creator of Sofia and CEO of SingularityNET, responded to LeCun via Business Insider. After a few arrows shot directly at Facebook, he said in particular that he never qualified Sofia’s intelligence as close to the human level, and that the criticisms aroused by Sofia come from minds jealous of the success of the creature. Suppose we agree to play with words in this kind of debate, Business Insider however, recalls that SingularityNET President David Hanson described Sofia as “Basically alive” (which we will translate by” alive, roughly speaking ”).
LeCun reacted today on his Facebook account, refuting any misplaced jealousy. He claims he would have no problem with Sofia if she were presented for what she is (a ventriloquist show, for short) instead of heightening fantasies and misinforming the media and the general public about it. state of the art in artificial intelligence.
If you are a smartphone addict, voice assistants, which are expected to be imminent en masse in our lives, may be helping you to drop out.
Thus, 66% of people using a voice assistant abandon their cellphones, according to a study carried out in November 2017 by Accenture and Harris Interaction. Of the 21,000 people questioned, 2/3 answered “agree” or “totally agree” to this statement: “Since I received my voice assistant, I use my smartphone much less often”.
More specifically, 64% of voice assistant users use their phone less frequently for entertainment services, 58% buy less online and 56% reduce their searches on the Internet using their smartphone.
For Accenture and Harris Interaction, the next wave of technology will be dedicated to voice assistants. A trend in which some players are already ahead, such as Amazon and Google. Others, such as Apple or Samsung, risk being overtaken by their previously mentioned competitors. The apple-based firm announced the upcoming release of its HomePod voice assistant at the beginning of 2018 while Amazon had marketed the first version of Echo in 2015.
Are we going to replace one addiction with another?