On Tuesday, we went along to the The Alan Turing Institute for the first Franco-British conference on AI, bringing together French and UK leading incubators, investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers. The event was organised by the London French Tech Hub and the opening talk was given by the renowned French mathematician and politician, Cédric Villani.
Villani is a remarkable character; a genius mathematician (he won the Fields Medal in 2010 – the ‘Nobel prize of mathematics’) yet quite unlike the stereotypical reserved recluse. He’s charismatic, extrovert with an eccentric dress sense, and actively involved in French politics. He’s been tasked by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, with examining France’s strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) within Europe.
It was a fascinating and stimulating day full of wonderfully refreshing conversations about how Britain and France can work together, going forward, to ensure the future of AI in our countries is a bright one.
Huge thanks to French Tech London and the Institute for organising the event. They’ve posted a great selection of photos here.