CCI Aix-Marseile Provence. Artificial Intelligence: When Science Includes Fiction

Jean-Luc Chauvin, Paul Barbaste and Olivier Oullier have signed a partnership for the development of AI and neurotechnology for the professional integration of persons with disabilities © CCIAMP

This is a powerful event that took place at the Ax-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan CCI on Tuesday with the signing of a partnership agreement between Chamber President Jean-Luc Chauvin and Paul Barbast, President of Startup Inclusive Brain. June 14 Reality, CCIAMP’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab.

Inclusive Brain is an organization co-founded by Paul Barbast and Olivier Oliver that develops digital twins of the human brain that allow people with disabilities to reintegrate into the educational and professional world. Developed solutions partially compensate for loss of mobility and / or organ control thanks to a new generation of brain-machine interfaces that allow computers, connected objects, and digital environments to be controlled by thought. The partnership aims to integrate for the first time operational tools, combining AI and technology from neuroscience to promote the inclusion of people with motor and / or cognitive impairments and academic and professional integration.

“A company that will discover tomorrow”

The development of artificial intelligence in our territory and the inclusion of people away from employment are two major challenges for CCIAMP. That’s why we wanted to collaborate with Inclusive Brain Company, which creates unique technological solutions for people with disabilities. It contributes to the position of Aix-Marseile Provence as a lab territory that we want to generalize and promote. “Jean-Luc Chauvin, president of the Metropolitan CCI Aix-Marseille-Provence, who is delighted to sign.” A partnership with a company that will discover tomorrow

Sensors that capture brain activity

Paul Barbast explains: Inclusive Brain, based in Marseille, is a Diptech startup (nominating startups that offer products or services based on groundbreaking innovations, editor’s note) that combines neuroscience and artificial intelligence to enable people with severe motor disabilities to exfoliate, for example. Even speech, able to reunite in society “It’s made possible by a groundbreaking technology:” Integration of a digital twin in the brain that we created prototypes on their workstations, mobile phones or tablets thanks to sensors that capture brain activity, specific movements and facial expressions that are processed and converted by our machines. Learning algorithms

A digital twin in the brain

A digital twin in the brain? ” It is a set of algorithms fed by a variety of bio-signals (movement, facial expressions, visual acuity, voice analysis, muscle and brain activity, etc.) to personalize our relationship with digital that has never been before and especially connected only through thought. Allows objects (computers, tablets, telephones, switches, motorized chairs, drones) to be controlled as digital environments (augmented and virtual reality, metavers) and thanks to sensors in the body and brain whose data feeds algorithms. We have developed for signal processing and artificial intelligence and converted this data into commands that allow writing and clicking without specifically moving or speaking.

“CCIAMP, the first public body to welcome a person with a motor disability, prevents them from using their upper limbs.”

Paul Barbast continues: ” The goal of this partnership is not only to drive social and technological innovation, but also to demonstrate the inability of economic growth. Olivier Oliver, co-founder of Inclusive Brain, explains: We visited the regions to see where it was most relevant to settle. Not only have we received the most offers for financial aid, but here, with CCIAMP, we have felt the greatest confidence, the greatest desire to highlight our innovation as it will become the first public body to make a welcome contribution. Individuals with a motor disability are prevented from using their upper limbs, who will be able to control their workstation thanks to a combination of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. This has been made possible thanks to the digital twin of the human brain which is developing the inclusive brain and which forms the heart of the new generation of brain-machine interfaces that we will commercialize in the future. We hope that the leadership of CCIAMP will inspire many other public and private organizations

“A crazy bet”

Paul Barbast insists: ” It was a crazy bet – and it still exists today – to bet on us and our self-financed prototypes where Microsoft, Google, Meta, Amazon or Elon Musk are investing millions of dollars in similar technologies. He returned to CCIAMP in the first exchange: ” We’re not talking about technology, but people with disabilities and inclusion. At a time when digital technology is at the heart of our society, how can neurotechnology help to include people who are socially and professionally isolated due to their disability in educational and professional circles?

“Our daily lives have been turned upside down by innovations for people with disabilities.”

Paul Barbast recalls: ” Many have forgotten this, but our daily lives have been turned upside down by inventions invented for people with disabilities. What do we do without the remote control, to change the channel or to turn on the sound on our TV. An innovation for people with disabilities that has been adopted by billions of people across the continent Even text messages, which are sent to reassure a relative, wish a friend a happy birthday or finalize a press release. They were designed more than 30 years ago by a team of Finnish researchers to help deaf and hard of hearing people communicate remotely. At the time, these people were sometimes forced to use fax for communication, even though they were in the same room

He ended his intervention with thanks All of you will welcome us and support us in this paradoxical enterprise which, thanks to artificial intelligence and neurotechnology, will make the world of work more humane by being more inclusive.

Michelle Care

The digital duo of the brain and the digital art

The first collaboration between CCIAMP and Inclusive Brain was in the framework of the exhibition “The Mona Lisa, the Submerged Exhibition” co-produced by Grand Palace Emersoff and the Louvre Museum, and was hosted at the Palace de la Stock Exchange until August 21.

Volunteers used a unique solution developed by Inclusive Brain that integrates a digital twin that reproduces Leonardo da Vinci’s brushstroke while combining the emotional responses felt by the volunteer. This digital twin is made with an artificial intelligence that was not only trained with the work of Leonardo da Vinci, but also with his mentor Andrea del Verocio. The volunteers wore a device to record their brain activity as well as some of their movements and facial expressions. The data thus collected is processed by the digital twin of the brain developed by the Inclusive Brain and is integrated with the original artistic work created by mixing the style of the master with the subject matter and feeling of the volunteer. This solution allows everyone, and especially those who have lost the use of their upper limbs, to express their creativity and their feelings, creating a direct and inclusive link between their brain and the (digital) web. This premiere has been filmed and will be broadcast in the form of a report.

Reception of an intern at CCIAMP

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Jean-Luc Chauvin, Paul Barbaste and Olivier Oullier have signed a partnership for the development of AI and neurotechnology for the professional integration of persons with disabilities © CCIAMP

CCIAMP will collaborate on a use aimed at demonstrating the potential for inclusion and operational production of a person with a disability. So, it would welcome a trainee in his team. He / she will be responsible for contributing editorial support, part of which will be written through a brain-machine interface created by Inclusive Brain. This interface will allow the trainee to write content by controlling his computer through thought

Collaboration with reality

Brain-machine interfaces created by CCIAMP’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Inclusive Brain, will not only be presented but also tested by viewers during animation (such as Fate de la Science, Alternative Innovation, etc.) within the framework of organized events in reality. .

Membership in “Cl’Hub Bouches-du-Rhône” for inclusion

Inclusive Brain will also join Cl’Hub Bouches-du-Rhône, led by CCIAMP and supported by DDETS, Aix-Marseile-Provence Metropolis and Bouches-du-Rhône Divisional Council. The purpose of this club is to connect committed organizations with partners who offer solutions and initiatives for inclusion through meetings, initiatives and a dedicated social network.

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