VivaTech: “tsunami” of artificial intelligence starting this Wednesday in Paris

VivaTech: “tsunami” of artificial intelligence starting this Wednesday in Paris
VivaTech: “tsunami” of artificial intelligence starting this Wednesday in Paris

For its 8th edition, the VivaTech show, which will be held from this Wednesday to Saturday in Paris, expects an attendance at least equal to that of 2023, i.e. 150,000 visitors, with more than 11,000 representatives of start-ups and at least 2,500 investors.

The American company OpenAI, which launched ChatGPT, a showcase for the sector, will be present and should demonstrate its new version capable of holding fluid conversations with its users.

Visitors will also be able to discover an AI-powered prosthetic hand (Esper Bionics), a start-up that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the discovery and reuse of drugs (Vitafluence) or even a company that uses AI to identify false information (Everdian).

Explosion of investment in AI

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in generative artificial intelligence increased from $1.3 billion to $17.8 billion, according to a recent OECD report. Faced with this “AI tsunami”, Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight, however, calls for caution: “We must manage to clearly explain the advantages for consumers because we are rapidly approaching a AI fatigue,” he emphasizes.

Among the other expected stars are John Kerry, Joe Biden’s former climate envoy and former US secretary of state, but also Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X, and the president of Signal messaging, Meredith Whittaker.

Also expected are leading French leaders, such as Bernard Arnault, boss of the luxury group LVMH, and Christel Heydemann, head of Orange, as well as European figures such as Thierry Breton, European Commissioner. responsible for Digital, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

120 countries represented

The event intends to emphasize the international aspect, an aspect which had “not been sufficiently developed until then”, according to François Bitouzet. “This time, 120 countries will be represented and there will be 40 national pavilions,” he said, with a 30% increase in the number of European countries compared to last year.

VivaTech also aims to have 45% women on stage, as they are notoriously underrepresented in the sector. “It is an issue of both representativeness, but above all relevance,” notes François Bitouzet, in order to show “that women have their place.”

Japan, guest of honor

After South Korea and India in previous years, Japan is the guest of honor at VivaTech with around forty representatives of the country’s technological ecosystem.

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