France will announce its strategy on quantum computing in 2019, Minister responsible for Higher Education and Research Frédérique Vidal said on Monday, by inaugurating new IBM premises on the Saclay plateau dedicated to research and development. . “France will announce a quantum strategy in 2019, because there too we have arguments to make”, said the minister, referring to the strategy on artificial intelligence announced a year ago by Emmanuel Macron, after the report of deputy Cédric Villani. These French initiatives ” allow other European countries to be trained ” for the definition of the future European research program Horizon Europe (2021-2027, for which the European Commission proposes to invest 100 billion euros), she said.
France plans to invest 1.5 billion euros in AI
Quantum computing must revolutionize computing by allowing an exponential growth in computing power for certain types of applications. In the company of Mr. Villani, the Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O and the President of IBM France Nicolas Sekkaki, the Minister inaugurated on the Saclay plateau, a high place of French technological research, the embryo of a future research and development center of the American giant. The center currently employs around thirty IBM experts in artificial intelligence, but IBM has launched on the site the construction of a new building that will eventually house 350 people, employees of IBM and companies and institutions associated with the research programs of the American giant.
IBM’s arrival in Saclay is part of the announcements made last year as part of the announcement of Mr. Macron’s plan for artificial intelligence. IBM also announced on this occasion the hiring of 400 artificial intelligence experts, 200 of whom have already been hired, said Mr. Sekkaki. IBM plans to make France a global center of expertise in business automation. French experts will also work on projects related to autonomous vehicles. France plans to invest 1.5 billion euros in artificial intelligence over the duration of the five-year term.