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Macron Calls for French AI Champions to Lead the Global Race

by Tech Desk
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Macron Calls for French AI Champions to Lead the Global Race

It is confirmed that, President Emmanuel Macron has called for France to become a leader in artificial intelligence (AI). Speaking at VivaTech in Paris, one of Europe’s largest technology trade fairs, Macron announced 500 million euros ($543 million) in new funding to “create champions” in AI. He also expressed concerns over Silicon Valley companies pushing English-language proficiency in AI systems and highlighted projects targeting French speakers.

The event, VivaTech, showcases more than 2,000 signatures and products related to AI. From augmented-reality ski masks to an AI-animated bot that allows users to “chat” with Vincent Van Gogh, the fair offers a glimpse into the future of technology. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the event, which opens to the public on Saturday.

Macron’s speech at VivaTech aims to increase competition for the primacy of artificial intelligence technology in Europe. In recent times, Britain has also made several announcements regarding its efforts in this field. Macron emphasized the importance of increasing AI training levels and creating centers of excellence. He appeared on stage with founders from various French startups, including Mistral AI, which recently raised €105 million – a record for a French AI company.

Furthermore, Macron urged the European Union (EU) to pass regulations on AI as soon as possible but warned against implementing regulations without sufficient investment. He stated that it would be detrimental if Europe invested significantly less than countries like America and China but focused solely on creating regulation. Macron believes that investment should precede regulation.

The EU AI Law has been under discussion within legislative processes since 2021; however, it is unlikely to be enforced for several years.

President Macron’s call for France to become an AI leader reflects his ambition for technological advancement and innovation within the country. By allocating substantial funding and encouraging EU-wide regulations on AI, he aims to position France at the forefront of this rapidly developing field. As the competition for AI supremacy intensifies globally, it will be interesting to see how France and other European countries respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence.

The brass tacks, President Macron’s speech at VivaTech emphasized France’s determination to become a leader in artificial intelligence. With substantial funding and support for startups, Macron aims to create AI champions within the country. He also stressed the importance of EU-wide regulations on AI but cautioned against regulation without adequate investment. As Europe continues its journey towards technological advancement, it remains to be seen how these efforts will shape the future of artificial intelligence.

It is confirmed that: HT Tech(


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