A non-profit laboratory called Kyutai has been founded by three major players in the technology industry: the iliad Group, the CMA CGM Group, and Schmidt Futures. Each of these companies has contributed $110 million to fund the research facility, which is dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence (AI) through open research.
The objective of Kyutai is to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing modern AI, including developing large multimodal models and inventing new algorithms to improve their performance, reliability, and efficiency. The lab has already assembled a team of researchers with both academic and business backgrounds.
Rodolphe Saadé, President and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, spoke about the importance of investing in AI for future generations. “Through this new investment in artificial intelligence, I hope that younger people can take advantage of all the opportunities that this technology has to offer,” he said. “Thanks to Kyutai, researchers will have access to all the resources they need to create and develop innovative solutions for tomorrow’s world.”
Xavier Niel, Chairman and Founder of the iliad Group, shared his belief that Europe is well-positioned to win the AI race. “French researchers are known as being some of the best in the world,” he said. “We have all the computing power we need here in Paris. And we have a dynamic ecosystem for AI development. By creating an open research lab like Kyutai, we’re taking another step forward towards achieving our ambitions.”
Patrick Pérez, CEO of Kyutai explained how important it is for them to build an exceptional research team and tackle some of