Philippe Nacson

Founding Partner and the Chairman of Ai.VEN

“Shaping the World Together,” the Washington Institute Podcast Series, is pleased to welcome Philippe Nacson.

Born in Dakar, Senegal in Africa, Philippe was educated at the London Business School and then was graduated in receiving his MBA in a unique joint program with HEC Paris, the London School of Economics, and the Stern Business School at NYU.Originally Philippe became known for his work in the design of furniture, lamps, and other household objects with premiere shows in the capitals of Asia, Europe, and the United States and highlighted on CNN and in periodicals such as Vanity Fair and Elle Decoration. At the same time he became entranced by robotics and artificial intelligence at a young age that has brought him to the point of becoming one of Europe’s most noted authorities on ethical artificial intelligence.  Today he is the Founding Chairman of Ai.VEN and the inspiration and force behind “The Robot of the Year,” of which the Washington Institute is a partner.The Coronavirus has brought artificial intelligence into the spotlight in so many ways, particularly in finding a vaccine, in light of social distancing, and in responding to human needs from tracking the food supply to responding to healthcare.  It is fair to say that this pandemic has only accelerated a greater awareness and reliance on AI. At the moment, for example, two fierce competitors, Apple and Google, are joining forces to develop a new system of “contact tracing”. This will allow individuals with their consent to have their interactions with others monitored on a massive scale to determine who may be contagious.  There are so many questions that need to be ironed out, but clearly this is a direction that seems inevitable to contain serious health outbreaks. And, of course, all of this will be done through iPhones.

Philippe Nacson speaks as part of Washington Post Live panel in 2019.

Philippe Nacson speaks as part of Washington Post Live panel in 2019.


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