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Design & Science Prize – Université Paris-Saclay 2019

Chairman of the jury: Cédric Villani

The 2019 Design and Science Prize on the theme of artificial intelligence began on October 11 with an official opening at the Palais de la découverte.

The 40 participating students from ENS Paris-Saclay, Centrale Supélec, HEC, Télécom ParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech and Strate School of Design are divided into multidisciplinary groups. They have five months to think up, develop and prototype an innovative project in the fields of culture, health, education, energy or mobility with a focus on artificial intelligence.

The project that the selection panel finds most convincing will be awarded the Université Paris-Saclay Design & Science Prize at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Palais de la découverte.

The theme

With artificial intelligence (AI), our needs in terms of knowledge and expertise, as well as memorization, will never be the same. We humans are used to considering ourselves superior to animals for our cognitive abilities. But compared to machines, we already come up short for many tasks involving information processing and it won’t be long before they outperform us for knowledge-related tasks as well. As such, AI will radically alter our expectations in terms of professional practices and requirements, and have a profound impact on our life in society more generally. Teaching methods at all levels of education will need to be wholly recast, if not revolutionized.

As an AI-fuelled future looms large, the challenge for humans is to develop and enhance our unique capacities of sensitivity, imagination, intuition, creativity, even generosity—qualities that are nurtured particularly in arts programs. This is no doubt why science programs seeking to broaden their students’ skills base are increasingly implementing exchanges with art and design schools.

The Design & Science Prize is based on this approach. Every year, it motivates future engineers and designers to collaborate on projects with a high social impact, thereby reconciling science and creativity, technology and imagination.

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