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🎧 #008: Jean-Simon Venne on using AI to transition from reactive to proactive

“How do you make the AI work with humans? So, I don't know if you had the pleasure to sit in an autonomous car… [but] I don't trust it, and it's because I've been conditioned with… a lot of years of driving myself. And for me, you put me behind a wheel… I'm not gonna just cross my arm and look at the show, right?…

So I think anybody who has been maintaining a building for years and years, and it's become your building and you're very proud of what you do, and you should be, it's not an easy job… [But] what about the AI becoming your second in command, managing the ship 24/7, so you could have a better night’s sleep?”

—Jean-Simon Venne

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Episode 8 is a conversation with Jean-Simon Venne, CTO and Co-Founder of BrainBox AI, an advanced supervisory control platform for autonomous buildings.

Summary

  • We do a deep dive on BrainBox AI, including how they use artificial intelligence to save energy and to adapt building operations to occupancy patterns of the pandemic.
  • We talk about the problem with existing control systems and how AI helps supplement them.
  • We talk about how AI and humans can be a great team and how the BrainBox team is approaching that teamwork.
  • Finally, we talk about how autonomous buildings can lead to an autonomous and cleaner electric grid.
  • And much more.
  1. BrainBox AI (2:27)
  2. LTSM (16:59)
  3. BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus (27:20)
  4. Honeywell (27:24)
  5. Haystack (27:48)
  6. Autobot project, collaboration with NREL (28:28)
  7. Raspberry Pi (40:00)
  8. Yoshua Bengio, Jacques Lacan (43:12)
  9. Tridium JACE (55:34)

You can find Jean-Simon on LinkedIn and at brainboxai.com.

Enjoy!


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Here’s this week’s deep dive outline:

  • My reaction

  • My highlights

    • Reactive vs. Proactive Controls, and how AI enables the latter

    • How to use reinforcement learning (a type of AI) to improve upon the current BAS

    • A deep dive on BrainBox AI’s entire stack

    • The most difficult part of any advanced supervisory control project: pride

    • How AI helps increase adaptability and resilience to COVID-19

    • How smart buildings can be grouped together to form a smart grid

  • Full transcript

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