Globalization, Standardization, Increasing Governmental Rules &
Big Data, Invasive Algorithms, Facial Recognition, Digital
Is Individual Freedom in Danger?
Are there Solutions?
Ivy Plus European Leaders
in partnership with HEC International and Alumni Alliance
is delighted to invite you to an exclusive
with renowned philosopher, author,
founder of think tank Generation Libre
founder political movement Simple
French Presidential Candidate
The World A Labyrinth Under
Global Threats to Individual
& The Rule of
Wednesday 19 January – 7:00
Maison des Polytechnicienc
In these times of upheaval and change, how do people across the world
preserve, uphold or save their Individual Liberty?
intelligence (AI) promises to generate productivity gains, improve well-being and help solve complex challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and health crises. Yet, AI raises many
important questions related to human values, our individual freedom and the bases of democracy. Should we accept a world where humans abdicate their autonomy and sense of
responsibility. Can there be rights without democracy? How are our thinking processes being altered? How should we educate our children? Are there
In the past ten
years, Philosopher and Author Gaspard Koenig has travelled across the world several
times to meet leading actors of civilization changes,
innovators, hackers, geeks, startup founders, AI gurus, dissidents, political figures at opposite ends of the spectrum, and the everyday individual, reflecting on the challenges of our modern world,
its virtues and its threats. His journeys have
taken him from the Silicon Valley to China, from India to Africa, from Peru to Finland, from Canada to Israel, throughout Europe. Last year, in his quest for liberty and a more
natural life, he traveled on horseback, across France, Germany
Taken aback by countries where ‘Black Mirror’ is already a reality, by a world increasingly dominated by rules and regulations, where humans seem caught in an infernal
labyrinth, Gaspard Koenig argues the need to regain control of our destiny and individual freedom.
A graduate of
Ecole Normale Supérieure and Columbia University, philosopher Gaspard Koenig taught at University of Lille and worked for Christine Lagarde,
Minister of Economy of the French Government, before joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Gaspard Koenig teaches philosophy at Sciences Po University (IEP) and writes a regular column in Les
Echos and Le Point. In 2013, he founded the liberal think-tank
Generation Libre to promote liberalism. In 2017, it was ranked among the top European think tanks. He has recently founded the political movement
He is the author of numerous novels and essays, among which La Fin de l'Individu -
Voyage d'un philosophe au pays de l'intelligence artificielle (The End of the Individual – Journey of a Philosopher to the Land of Artificial Intelligence), Un Philosophe aux
Pays des Libertés (A Philosopher in the Lands of Liberties), The Revolutionary, the Expert and the Geek, Adventurers of
He is a Young Leader of the
In 2021, Gaspard Koenig published the dystopian
novel L'Enfer (Hell), a mirror held up to mass surveillance, uniformness, materialism, globalization, planned obsolescence, interchangeable humans, places and
things, Notre Vagabonde Liberté, A cheval sur les traces de Montaigne (Our Roaming Freedom - On horseback on the tracks of Montaigne), a journal of his "slow"
trip across Europe on horseback in the quest for liberty, and an essay Simplifions-nous la Vie (Let's Simplify our
is candidate to the Presidency of France is the elections of 2022
Join us for a very special evening
with brilliant speaker Gaspard Koenig
at a seated
at beautiful Maison des
Venue : Maison des Polytechniciens, Hôtel de Poulpry, 12 rue de Poitiers, 75007 Paris
Date & Time: Wednesday 19 January 2022– 7:00 p.m.
(Champagne Apéritif - 3 course seated dinner with wine - Talk by Gaspard Koenig
Members Ivy Plus European
Leaders, HEC, Alliance Alumni 69€, Non-Members and Guests: 79€
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