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Gaspard KOENIG - A World Under Surveillance: What of Individual Liberty?

Maison des Polytechniciens
Ivy Plus European Leaders


Pass Sanitaires/Vaccinales exigés à la Porte - Nous nous attendons à ce que tous les participants aient reçu leur rappel de vaccins et ne présentent aucun symptôme -  Le dîner aura lieu dans le Grand Salon de la Maison des Polytechniciens avec un nombre limité de convives -Merci de votre compréhension.

 La rencontre se déroulera en français. 


Ivy Plus European Leaders
in partnership with HEC International, IMD and Alumni Alliance

is delighted to invite you to a
very topical and stimulating Dinner-Talk


Individual Liberty and  The Rule of Law Worldwide

with renowned philosopher, author,
 founder of think tank Generation Libre
found political movement Simple


French Presidential Candidate

Gaspard Koenig



In these times of upheaval and change, how do people across the world challenge, preserve, uphold or save their Individual Liberty? 

Globalization, Increasing Governmental Rules, Controls & Regulations, 

Big Data, Social Networks, Invasive Algorithms, Facial Recognition,   

Is Individual Freedom in Danger? 

Wednesday 19 January 2022 – 7:00 pm
Maison des Polytechniciens


Artificial 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 solutions?


In the past ten years, Philosopher and Author Gaspard Koenig has travelled across the world several times to meet leading actors of civilization changes, inventors, innovators, hackers, geeks, startup founders, AI gurus, political figures at opposite side 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, and last year, on horseback, across France, Germany and Italy. 

Taken aback by countries where Artificial Intelligence rules and where ‘Black Mirror’ is already a reality, by a world increasingly dominated by algorithms and rules, Gaspard Koenig argues the need to keep or regain control of our individual freedom.


Gaspard Koenig

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 Simple. 

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 Freedom

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 Lives).   

He is a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation. 

Join us for a captivating and insightful dinner with 
brilliant thinker, speaker and presidential candidate Gaspard Koenig
at beautiful Maison des Polytechniciens



Venue : Maison des Polytechniciens, 12 rue de Poitiers, Paris 75007
Date & Time: Wednesday 19 January 2022 – 7:00 p.m.
Price Talk and Dinner with Champagne and Wine:  Early Bird till January 10, 2022 - Members Ivy Plus European Leaders, HEC, Alliance Alumni 69€, Non-Members and Guests: 79€
After January 10th, IPEL, HEC, IMD, Alliance Alumni 75€, Guests 85€


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19 janvier 2022 19:00 à 22:30


Maison des Polytechniciens, 12 rue de Poitiers, 75007, Paris France


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