Friday Inspiration is a selection of the latest innovative ideas we would like to share with our community every week.
On this week’s review: US startups fighting poverty, French new regulation to tackle fake news, HR tech promoting diversity and fairness in recruitment processes, 3D-printing human skins and the rise of French companies in cinematographic visual effects.
Tech for good: Solve problems of the less fortunate
In the Silicon Valley, one of the mantras to launch a startup “right” is to “solve problems you have yourself”. Many projects will naturally aim at gaining efficiency in business management, as many entrepreneurs have a background in business. In the middle of the preparation for our next conference in San Francisco on the positive impact of Tech, we wanted to feature poverty-fighting startups. Although those founders don’t personally experience poverty, they acknowledge and act upon the fact that the US counts a majority of low-income households while extreme wealth is owned by a minority. From loan granted to jobless people to free legal advice, social entrepreneurship is on the rise and defies tech pessimists.
AI: The new age of recruitment
According to CEO & Founder of Easyrecruit Mickaël Cabrol, AI could encourage a fairer process of recruitments. To ease the selection process of recruiters – often based on age, gender, education, work experience – the French entrepreneur promotes the use of AI during the first round of selection. For instance, filmed interviews that evaluate the candidate’s oral skills, word choices, tone, and attitude. The criteria favor the personality and the curiosity of the candidates over their skills. Thus, such method brings what a resume does not show: the motivations to apply.
Tackling fake news in 2018
French President Macron announced the introduction of a new legislation to tackle fake news on social channels. Following revelations of the Russian intervention in the 2016 US election as well as misleading content against 2017 French Presidential candidate, the hunt against hackers and anonymous fake posts is a 2018 priority for the French government. If social media was created to foster interactions between individuals, recent events demonstrated the power of media in influencing political turnout or reputations. The social networks disrupted our ways of communicating and dealing with the news. Among the solutions, the control of the Internet’s content during elections was announced. If the proposition raised concerns over the protection of freedom of expression, the issue can actually be summed up around the question: should we guarantee first individual fundamental rights or ensure the well-functioning of our democratic political system?
Printing human skin
French startup Poietis managed to bio-print human skin: using a 3D printer, the technology creates cells that conversely interact to produce human skin. For now, the product is used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries to avoid clinical test on animals. In the long-run, President & Scientific director Fabien Guillemot and Director General & Business development Director Bruno Brisson shared their ambitions to contribute to regenerative medicine, which relies today on skin donation. In 2017, Poietis won the world’s innovation competition organized by Bpi France.
French savoir-faire: visual effects
In addition to hosting yearly the prestigious cinematographic Festival de Cannes, France is also home for movie’s visual effects, created by Georges Melies at the beginning of the XXth century. French movie-maker Hugo Cabret claims that Steven Spielberg, Geroge Lucas or James Cameron are “directly inherited from Melies”. Although the end of the XXth was a slack period, it seems that French production companies are growing. StarWars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter had part or all their visual effects made by French companies. In 2016, 60% of the visual effects’ production was made in France, which falls in line with President of French National Center of Cinematography Frederique Bredin’s objective to turn the country into the “world’s leader in visual technologies”.