L’Homme augmenté – Notre Humanité en quête de sens

July 27th, 2015

Le septième cahier de veille de la Fondation Télécom a pour objectif de faire le point sur la thématique de l’homme augmenté et les travaux de recherche qui y sont associés.

Une archive est disponible en cliquant sur l’image.

L’Hermione sur le chemin du retour

July 20th, 2015

L’Hermione a quitté dimanche Lunenburg, au Canada, sa dernière étape sur la côte est du continent américain.

Cap au nord est, avec une première escale française à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon…

… puis route directe sur Brest, où elle doit arriver le 10 août et rester amarrée sur le quai Malbert du 11 au 16 août.

Ensuite Bordeaux, puis retour à Rochefort, son port d’attache, le 29 août.

Fukuyama et la France

July 19th, 2015

En 1996, je consacrais un chapitre de mon livre Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity au fait que le rôle central de l’État en France empêche l’émergence d’une société civile puissante, capable de produire de la confiance entre des parties prenantes indépendantes et responsables. Ce n’est pas nouveau, Tocqueville, dans L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution, décrit un secteur privé très faible, sans cesse tourné vers l’État pour résoudre ses problèmes. Et cette attitude, dans une certaine mesure, perdure.

Extrait d’une interview de Francis Fukuyama (@FukuyamaFrancis) dans l’Expansion de Juillet-Août 2015

Nine Roles for Great Leadership

July 17th, 2015

Great sketch note version of a post by Tanmay Vora (@tnvora) with visual representation of the ideas.

Mark Pesce Went to the Apple Store today…

July 4th, 2015

Went to the Apple Store today fully intending to buy an Apple Watch. Because futurists gotta fute.

Weirdly, Paul McDermott seemed to be trying to do the same thing at the same time in the same store.

So there’s that.

When a helpful Apple Store person came along to help me, we found the right watch, he took it from the drawer, and fastened it to me…

I was immediately and deeply revolted by the experience. Actually freaking out a bit.

I was polite enough as he went through the demo and the Apple Watch did its taptic thing – which is also weird and invasive. And waited.

And at the first opportunity, took the Apple Watch off, handed it back to him, and very nearly ran out of the store.

I was very confused by my reaction. It made no sense. First time I’ve ever had that reaction to any sort of Apple product.

After some time and reflection, it became very clear that Apple Watch demands an intimate relationship from the moment you strap it on.

That seems to be just fine for a lot of folks. For me it’s invasive and not at all a pleasant experience. Rather the opposite.

I don’t think it was future shock. That felt a lot more like an uninvited and altogether too intimate guest.

Strapped to my body.

This isn’t about any watch: when I borrowed @johnteeee‘s LG smartwatch for ‘old man yells at cloud’ last week, I really enjoyed it.

I almost didn’t want to give it back and would have bought one except Apple won’t let it play with iOS. Obvs.

The point – with a product so consciously intimate that it can transmit SOMEONE ELSE’S HEARTBEAT – is that introductions matter. A lot.

The Apple Store is not the place to ‘get to know and get comfortable with’ an Apple Watch. It just feels hysterically menacing, somehow.

In the end, this is more about my own psychological mechanics, and where my own boundaries between self and other lie. Obvs.

From @mpesce‘s Twitter feed.

L’Hermione à New-York

July 2nd, 2015

Food for thought

June 12th, 2015

You're aboard an airplane.

The cabin pressure is making you drowsy.

You are gradually entering a state of paradoxical awakeness – for just a few minutes.

The creation of a world often begins with a pre-existing world.

For example, the world you're flying over or about to fly over.

Does the creation of worlds as we know them always begin with pre-existing worlds? Does it describe what has already been described?

Reality and fction are like a pair of trees that grow together, inter-twined, one supporting and bolstering the other. A sort of transfer of force occurs like the mesh of steel cables between the two pylons of a bridge. It gives the impression of reciprocal support, of symbiosis, a give-and-take dynamic that nourishes world-as-word made flesh.

In some ways, we're living in an era in which we should be hysterical, but we're not, because we can't imagine what's happening.

We assimilate only fragments of information.

There are people. There are stories. People believe that they are the ones shaping the stories, but it's often the reverse.

Now there's some food for thought.

We have these "CNN moments," and it's exactly then that we truly feel like we're living in the moment. Then, in a flash, we're back to exactly where we started.

Uncertain of what will triumph over the individual or the crowd.

There's this idea of octaves and music, that the world is based on vibrations and sounds. The eight dimensions of the octave form what is called the "dimensional realm." Each dimension is a note from an infnite scale, yet the eight form an enclosed space, an impression of completeness within a boundless infnity.

A few years ago, proof of the existence of other worlds was found.

Long live the meta-universe.

You are fying over only one of these worlds.

Text by Philippe Parreno for Air France Magazine

À table !

June 12th, 2015

Vous êtes dans un avion.

La pression de la cabine vous pousse à somnoler.

Vous entrez peu à peu dans un éveil paradoxal ; pour quelques minutes seulement.

La création d'un monde commence souvent avec un monde préexistant.

Celui que vous survolez ou que vous allez survoler en est un.

La création des mondes telle que nous la connaissons commence-t-elle toujours avec des mondes préexistants ? Décrire ce qui a été décrit ?

Réalité et fiction sont un couple d'arbres qui grandissent ensemble, entrelacés, chacun soutenant et portant l'autre. Une sorte de transfert de force s'opère comme l'enchevêtrement de câbles d'acier entre les deux piles d'un pont. L'impression qui en sort est celle d'un soutien réciproque, d'une symbiose, dans laquelle les choses sont données et reçues, animant toujours le monde dans sa forme de verbe.

Nous vivons en quelque sorte dans un moment du temps où nous devrions être hystériques, mais nous ne le sommes pas, parce que nous n'imaginons pas ce qui se passe.

Nous ne saisissons que des fragments de données.

Il y a des gens. Il y a des histoires. Les gens pensent qu'ils donnent forme aux histoires, mais l'inverse est souvent plus proche de la vérité.

À table !

Nous avons bien des « instants CNN », et à cet instant nous avons vraiment le sentiment d'être dans l'instant présent. Puis, en un clin d'œil, nous retournons à la position qui a toujours été la nôtre.

Nous ne savons pas ce qui va triompher de l'individu ou de la foule.

Il y a cette idée des octaves et de la musique, cette idée que le monde est fondé sur des vibrations et des sons. Les huit dimensions que composent les octaves forment une unité que l'on appelle le royaume dimensionnel. Chaque dimension est une note prise sur une échelle indéfinie, mais les huit forment un espace clos, une impression de complétude à l'intérieur de l'infini sans limite.

Il y a quelques années on a fait la preuve de l'existence des mondes possibles.

Vive le multivers.

Vous ne survolez qu'un de ces mondes !

Texte de Philippe Parreno pour Air France Magazine

Ride Béret Baguette

June 6th, 2015

Le Ride béret baguette, French jusqu’au bout des ongles qui griffent le guidon.

Fully Psychedelic

June 5th, 2015

According to mashable.com, this photo posted to social media Thursday shows a woman stripping off the black garb required by the Islamic State to reveal a colorful dress underneath.

It Begins With Emotion

June 3rd, 2015

Change isn’t a plan.

It’s not a list of things to do.

It isn’t logical.

Change is a series of emotions.

It starts in your heart, when you feel the need to go after something better.

Change is the fear things won’t work out. The frustration when they start to fall apart, the doubt that creeps in when you start to wonder if you made the right choice.

Change is the feeling that, no, dammit, I’ve got to see this though.

In the end, change is the profound feeling of satisfaction that you get from walking through the fire and coming out the other side.

Perhaps not entirely unscathed, but perhaps all the better for the scars.

Image and text by @gapingvoid

The UX Designer Paradox

June 1st, 2015

Where user experience designers start and where they finish are rarely the same place. However, as long as they keep the user in their considerations and iterations, UXers can at least ensure they end up in the right place.

A comic by Brady Bonus (@bradybonus)


May 29th, 2015

Great picture of Camille Lecointre and Hélène Defrance during the Sailing world cup in Hyères.

No doubt foiling catamarans are the future, but the 470 remains a magical boat around three buoys.

Superbe image de Camille Lecointre et Hélène Defrance lors de la Sailing world cup à Hyères.

Même si les catamarans à foils sont probablement l’avenir de la voile légère, le 470 reste un bateau magique entre trois bouées.

Maia Flore

May 25th, 2015

Maia Flore met en scène sa rousseur avec une poésie à la fois douce et délicatement dérangeante.

When you do work that matters…

May 24th, 2015

When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool.

If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone.

Unless you’re surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer.

That’s how you’ll know you might be onto something.

From Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) on May 24, 2015


May 24th, 2015

From The New Yorker, May 25, 2015 issue.

You can’t list your iPhone as your primary-care physician.


That’s what I love about social media. I can have connections with thousands of people and yet still be completely isolated and alone.


The two things that really drew me to vinyl were the expense and the inconvenience.

Elyx by YAK sailing the Mediterranean sea

May 23rd, 2015

Elyx by YAK (@ElyxYak)

Life is Beautiful

May 14th, 2015

Our old buddy, Steve Clayton, GM, Microsoft storytelling, sends out a super cool private email every Friday-ish to friends and family (he’ll add you if you email him here – we’re all family, right ;) .

Last Friday, Steve linked to a great post.

Life advice from a young tech entrepreneur turning 30.

I wish I had my s**t together like Sam does at 30.

The gist of the post is, stay out of your comfort zone at work, and in it as much as you possibly can with your family.

Coming up in the age of the internet and social, even more so.

Sam pretty much nailed the whole work/life thing.

Well worth the read. :)

Image and text by @gapingvoid

Managing Oneself

May 2nd, 2015

Sketched by Sacha Chua

We are all mortal until…

April 13th, 2015