The government wants to make France "a champion of artificial intelligence".

To do this, he presented Monday at Station F, the Parisian temple of start-ups, a plan of 2.2 billion euros, of which 1.5 billion euros will be financed by public money.

This plan is the continuation of the 1.5 billion euros plan announced in 2018 by Emmanuel Macron, as part of the national strategy for artificial intelligence.

A component of 700 million euros will be devoted to training, with the ambition to create at least 2,000 places for students in DUT / license / professional license in this field, 1,500 places for master students, and "200 theses additional per year at cruising speed ”.

The plan also provides for the financing of projects in the field of “embedded, frugal and trusted” artificial intelligence, in particular in the automotive, aeronautics, energy and industry sectors.

The question of regulation

In presenting the plan, Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital, and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Research, both pleaded for science and innovation, which, according to them, need to be defended in a Europe and France often tempted by protection and regulation.

"It will obviously be necessary for our country, and Europe in a more general way, to be able to have a discussion on the question of regulation", declared Cédric O in front of an audience of entrepreneurs in artificial intelligence.

In life sciences and health innovation, for example, "we are funding research, the first steps of start-ups, and they will develop their drugs in the United States, Belgium, or the United Kingdom", he particularly lamented.


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