Artificial intelligence and “sustainable technology” in the spotlight for the 8th edition of VivaTech


The American company OpenAI, which launched the wide public exhibition of the ChatGPT sector, will be present and should demonstrate its new version, capable of holding oral and fluent conversations with its users.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and “sustainable technology” will be in the spotlight at VivaTech, the biggest European event on emerging technologies, which opens in Paris on Wednesday with international headliners.

For its 8th edition, the show, which will be held until Saturday at the Porte de Versailles, expects an attendance of at least 2023 or 150,000 visitors with more than 11,000 representatives of start-ups and at least 2,500 investors.

AI will be on everyone’s lips with speakers such as Dario Amodei, co-founder of Anthropic, Arthur Mensch, boss and co-founder of the French gem Mistral AI, and Yann Le Cun, director of the artificial intelligence research laboratory Meta group (parent company of Facebook).

“We have to get into the hard stuff. We want to stop theoretical discussions about artificial intelligence and get into concrete innovations,” assured François Bitouzet, director general of VivaTech, to AFP.

The American company OpenAI, which launched the wide public exhibition of the ChatGPT sector, will be present and should demonstrate its new version, capable of holding oral and fluent 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).

Investments in generative artificial intelligence — capable of generating text or images in response to a request — rose globally from $1.3 billion in 2022 to $17.8 billion in 2023, according to a recent OECD report.

“AI Tsunami”

Faced with this “AI tsunami,” Ben Wood, director of research at CCS Insight, advises caution.

“We need to be able to clearly explain the benefits to consumers because we are fast approaching AI fatigue,” he emphasizes to AFP.

“Sustainable technology” will also be a central theme of the show, with companies such as the French start-up Value Park, which uses deep sea water to cool buildings, and special attention to new mobility with the presence of Tesla for example.

Among the other expected stars are John Kerry, former climate envoy for President Joe Biden and former US Secretary of State, Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X, and the president of Signal messaging, Meredith Whittaker.

The program also includes interventions from French leaders such as Bernard Arnault, head of the luxury group LVMH, and Christel Heydemann, head of Orange, as well as European figures such as Thierry Breton, Commissioner in charge of Digital, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

The event intends to emphasize the international aspect, an aspect that, according to François Bitouzet, “had not been sufficiently developed” until then.

“This time 120 countries will be represented, 40 national pavilions,” he said, with a 30% increase in the number of European countries compared to last year.

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

VivaTech also aims to have 45% women on stage as they are notoriously underrepresented in the sector.

“It is a question of both representativeness, but above all relevance,” notes Mr Bitouzet. To show “that women have their place”.

President Emmanuel Macron, who goes to this event every year, is expected there on Wednesday afternoon, after gathering several leading figures from the tech sector in the Élysée on Tuesday during round tables, such as Eric Schmidt, former head of Google, or Yann Le Cun.





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