Facebook will double the number of scientists working on artificial intelligence (AI) research at its Paris base to 60, the company has announced.

The firm also said it would invest EUR10 million ($12.3 million) in increasing the number of AI doctoral scholarships it offers in France from 10 to 40, and providing servers and data for French public institutions.

The investments will take place over the next five years, according to the Financial Times, which noted that the move was the “latest sign of optimism” in the French tech sector.

France is indeed pushing hard on the AI front these days, as is the neighboring U.K. Just days ago, the French and British governments announced extensive new collaborations on AI research.

The Paris facility is Facebook’s only AI research center outside the U.S., where it also has operations working on the technology in Menlo Park and New York.

“We believe in France’s potential to be a leader in AI and want to contribute to the resources necessary to accelerate research in France,” Facebook’s director of AI research in Paris, Antoine Bordes, said, according to the FT.

The social media giant also said it would be providing digital skills training for more …read more

Source:: Fortune.com – Tech

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