Cannes aims to be world’s AI capital in February

Cannes intends to be the centre of attention for artificial intelligence (AI) at the World AI Cannes Festival. This is a new event organised jointly by Corp Agency (the organiser of the Big Data Paris & AI Paris, Quantum Business Europe and Voice Tech Paris shows), the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congres, the Institut EuropIA, the City of Cannes and the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council.

This high-profile industry event will offer a lineup of topflight international speakers, unique initiatives, immersive experiences and disruptive innovations over three days at the iconic venue of the Palais des Festivals et des Congres convention centre in Cannes, in person and virtually.

The first-of-a-kind event is aimed at experts, business and the general public alike, with a custom program. Thursday 10 and Friday 11 February will be given over to strategic conferences, thought-leading workshops, exhibition stands and networking sessions with AI experts, start-ups and mature companies that have already built AI into their design, production or sales processes. Saturday 12 February will put on fun and spectacular events and experiences for the public.

Three inspiring and innovative days where the AI community will come together to further an ethical and sustainable industry.

Alpes-Maritimes region the crucible of the world AI ecosystem

The World AI Cannes Festival (WAICF) is a initiative by local authorities and private partners to raise public awareness of the main economic, human and social issues around artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time ever, key players in AI will come together right next to Europe’s tech cluster, Sophia Antipolis.

The region is home to more than 300 international researchers, the first facility of its kind the Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle dedicated to promoting AI, the first observatory (OTESIA) of AI’s impacts on humans, one of the four Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence (3IA) and the SophIA Summit, one of the top scientific events in the field.

Artificial intelligence for good

AI is today a familiar feature in the world of business and our everyday lives. With digital technologies now being adopted on a massive scale, accelerated in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, AI is driving a deep transformation across our economies and societies. According to International Data Corporation, spending on AI is expected to reach $78 billion (€65.75 bllion) in 2022, a threefold increase since 2018.

AI powers solutions in areas as diverse as optimising industrial productivity and improving wellbeing, and can help us respond to global challenges like climate change, preservation of biodiversity, dwindling resources and health crises. However, its applications pose a number of issues and obstacles, notably in relation to personal and data privacy. It is therefore our collective responsibility to build trust in AI and foster ‘AI for good’.

A packed and exciting program for the first edition of WAICF

Through its varied program, WAICF is the first event in the world aimed at business and civil society. The festival’s goal is to become an observatory of market trends, to give trade visitors a chance to meet decision-makers and to foster development of ethical and socially responsible instruments.

The visiting public will be able to see for themselves the diversity of AI and its ethical and social commitments, and get a handle on how this technology is driving advances in artistic creation.

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