Artificial intelligence: these two words have flooded both social networks and news sites. Not a day passes without a new article or comment on this issue, whilst studies on its impact are increasingly prevalent. AI has got hold of our collective imaginations and has many people scared. What if machines replaced us in the workplace? What if they took complete control? According to an Ifop poll of October 2017, 64% of French people said they were “worried” about the growth of artificial intelligence, whereby algorithms are destined to make more and more automated decisions. Artificial intelligence has existed since the 1960s but, in the recent period, the number of apps using it has increased significantly - self-driving cars, medical diagnostics, personal assistance, financial algorithms and industrial robots.
Artificial intelligence is also present in buildings, which are increasingly connected. Sensors are able to measure a vast quantity of data in real time. AI is able to go even further by processing this data to make buildings self-sufficient and able to think in order to optimise user comfort and energy consumption. Artificial intelligence is no longer fantasy, it is already in our lives. For example, with the Flexom solution. Thanks to its wireless, battery-less ‘full-radio’ system, a number of features such as lighting, roller shutters, or heating can be controlled from inside the apartment or remotely, using a smartphone or tablet.
This is no longer science fiction. We now have a tremendous tool in our hands, but we need to know how to use it. As the mathematician Cédric Villani, who is in charge of a working group on AI, said recently on the radio “the risks inherent in artificial intelligence are the same as those inherent in any new technology. The issue here is; who is serving who? Artificial intelligence and technology should serve people and not the other way around.” Our task is not to give in to fear but to define a framework for AI for the future. This was the focus of the debate we organised at MIPIM, entitled “artificial intelligence for the benefit of buildings”. How can AI make are our lives easier? How should private data be used? What are the rules that we would like to introduce? What model should be applied? These were the issues debated during the conference on 14 March.
Tuesday 13 March
On its stand, Bouygues Immobilier hosted a Real Estech after-work in order to officially launch the first publication in English dedicated to PropTech, Construction Tech “Make Real Estech great again”.
This meeting took place with Bernard Michel, President of Real Estech and Robin Rivaton, Chief Executive Officer of Real Estech.
Wednesday 14 March
Bouygues Immobilier held a conference at its stand called “Valorissimo, the dedicated web site created by Bouygues Immobilier opens up to the market”, with the following speakers:
Natalie Watine, Executive VP of Digital transformation and Human Resources
Lionel Cayre, Executive VP, Design Experience Performance, Residential property, France
Later on, Bouygues Immobilier organised another conference entitled “Artificial intelligence for the benefit of tomorrow's buildings” with the participation of:
Marc Bertrand, CEO, La Française Real Estate Managers
Antoine Buisseret, Executive director, architect, Groupe-6
Philippe Gargov, founder of the urban planning consultancy, Pop-up urbain
Rand Hindi, Chairman and founder, SNIPS and Data Scientist, an artificial intelligence specialist
John Van Oost, Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Campus
Rony Zibara, Partner, Fahrenheit 212
At the end of the conference, Primonial and Bouygues Immobilier presented their new digital building called Sways (Issy-les-Moulineaux) in the presence of Laurent Fléchet, Chairman of the executive board, Primonial Reim.
Thursday 15 March
The conference "BIM (Building Information Modelling), creator of better living” took place with the following speakers:
Baptiste Baurens, Business Developer in charge of the "Urban" (urban planning and regional development) offer, ForCity
Emmanuel François, Chairman, Smart Building Alliance
François Kern, Architect and urban planner, Kern & Associés
Ludovic Quentier, Director of Techniques, UrbanEra, Bouygues Immobilier