2 min readFrance Enters the AI Race

In an interview with Wired, French President Emmanuel Marcon outlines his country’s strategy for AI and why he chose to enter the race at this point in time.

France will be spending $1.85 billion over five years to encourage growth in AI industry in the country. Despite being new in the field, the country is bent on catching up with US and China. Its initial goals involve the creation of systems for regulations and financing, in order to create a conducive environment for AI technologies in the country.

My first objective in terms of education, training, research and the creation of startups it to streamline a lot of things…in order to build champions here and to attract the existing champions.

Why It Matters

While the French goal for entering the AI race is also geared at creating benefits for the country, their plan reflects a clearer understanding of how AI can affect life in general.

If we want to defend our way to deal with privacy, our collective preference for individual freedom versus technological progress, integrity of human beings and human DNA, if you want to manage your own choice of society, your choice of civilization, you have to be able to be an acting part of this AI revolution. That’s the condition of having a say in designing and defining the rules of AI. That is one of the main reasons why I want to be part of this revolution and even to be one of its leaders. I want to frame the discussion at a global scale.


Emmanuel Marcon

President, France
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