Free Big Data for Free AI

Nexedi has introduced during Zhejiang International Smart Healthcare Innovation Conference the role of Free Big Data to regulate AI market and preserve medical knowledge sharing. Wendelin IA platform was first demoed.
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The growing importance of Artificial Intelligence in medical and healthcare industry is raising concerns about possible market excess that could lead to the end of hypocratic oath as we know it today. Just like Free Software which could efficiently regulate the software industry at the end of the 90s and reduce the risk posed by monopolies, Free Big Data will play a key role in efficiently regulating the medical Artificial Intelligence market and create the conditions for Free Artificial Intelligence that can reach every human being on earth.

The first presentation, Free Big Data for Free AI in the context of International Medical Innovation, demonstrated how the Wendelin IA project and platform jointly developed with INRIA, Telecom ParisTech and Abilian can contribute the Free Big Data movement.

The second presentation, Teralab: AI Infrastructure for Research, provides a summary of a human and technical success story of public policy in the field of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence that was initiated by Institut Mines Telecom. Nexedi could contribute to this success story through the SlapOS edge computing and cloud orchestration system.


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  • Jean-Paul Smets
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  • Jean-Paul Smets is the founder and CEO of Nexedi. After graduating in mathematics and computer science at ENS (Paris), he started his career as a civil servant at the French Ministry of Economy. He then left government to start a small company called “Nexedi” where he developed his first Free Software, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) designed to manage the production of swimsuits in the not-so-warm but friendly north of France. ERP5 was born. In parallel, he led with Hartmut Pilch (FFII) the successful campaign to protect software innovation against the dangers of software patents. The campaign eventually succeeeded by rallying more than 100.000 supporters and thousands of CEOs of European software companies (both open source and proprietary). The Proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions was rejected on 6 July 2005 by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority of 648 to 14 votes, showing how small companies can together in Europe defeat the powerful lobbying of large corporations. Since then, he has helped Nexedi to grow either organically or by investing in new ventures led by bright entrepreneurs.