Station F: big businesses and startups all under one roof

Welcome to Halle Freyssinet, a former freight depot converted into a giant startup incubator. Re-named Station F, today the 34,000m² premises hosts the young French startups close to Xavier Niel’s heart. Whilst small companies are the building’s lifeblood, they’re not alone. Big businesses have also set up camp in this innovation hotbed. So why are small and large companies alike working together, and what does the digital French Touch landscape look like?   Continue reading

How Artificial Intelligence Can Also Make The Internet Run Better

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From vacuum-cleaner robots that clean your house all by themselves to virtual assistants that can keep track of every appointment in your work agenda to self-driving cars that will soon be circulating on the streets of our cities: One of the most important applications of Artificial Intelligence is the ability to make our technological devices ever more autonomous, able to understand on their own how to accomplish a task. Yet it is curious that while many such devices connected to the internet are learning to run on their own, the system that supports this transformation — network infrastructure (routers, hubs, servers, etc.) — continues to largely be operated manually. Continue reading