Artificial intelligence will change our daily lives in the coming years. John Queffélec, a former Microsoft player, is convinced that Brest can become a stronghold in this field.
John Queffelec worked travaillé for Microsoft for fifteen years, but also for a French company in Silicon Valley. He is pour now, in particular,in charge of the French Tech Brest – on artificial intelligence. .
What place can Brest play in the artificial intelligence economy?
“After seeing Silicon Valley’s development cycles on the internet and mobile, I am convinced that Brest has a real card to play. It has all the assets to do so: the ecosystem, public and privateresearch, a varied industrial fabric, training… Not to mention quality qualité of life!
“Brest can be,in five years,a centre of expertise and global excellence on artificial intelligence, with fifteen young, cutting-back companies. The first step is to attract a big name of artificial intelligence to Brest, and we are on track to do so.”
What is justementthe current project to host a Microsoft school on artificial intelligence in Brest?
“Microsoft has announced its intention to set up schools dedicated to artificial intelligence in 20 cities in France. There were more than a hundred applications… Today, in Brittany, Microsoft has selected Brest, along with Rennes. Simply put, it lacks the final agreement of the Region,which must participate in the financing of the project,with Microsoft and local business partners..
“Microsoft did an audit for two days in Brest in ont November: ils they saw the ecosystem, discovered the labs,the CHRU, promising start-ups, big groups groupes like Arkéa,Crédit Agricole or Alcatel… And that convinced them to start the process. It is hoped that we will be able to make the official announcement in the spring,for a first promotion in September 2020.”
How will this school work? fonctionnera
“Microsoft has teamed up, on this project,with Simplon, a society of social and solidarity economy, specializing in the digital conversion of populations far from employment, refugees,etc. The idea is to have a pool of talent for local start-ups or other companies that want to settle in Brest. Now, one of the subjects of artificial intelligence, it will be the battle of talent. “In practical terms, the school will be free
for students: they will undergo eight months of intensive training, followed by a one-year professionalisation contract, in a partner company. . The school will issue four diplomas, three of which are open l’open source and one more specialized Microsoft. These will be promotions of up to 24 alternates. And we already have very strong letters of intent from companies for d’entreprises 45 positions… The schoolwill ellebe established in a partner company, which is not yet chosen.”
Artificial intelligence is feared for its potential job destruction …
“Before you eventually destroythem, it creates them! With the Microsoft school and its alternating positions, among specialized start-ups, by all the new trades in companies entreprises… And there will be real opportunities for conversion: for example, exemple transactional positions, such as cashier-typepositions, will be reclassified as advisors. And behind the a data, there is also storage, maintenance, which requires maintenance, electricians, heaters,etc.
“Today,we talk less about artificial intelligence than about augmented intelligence: it is mainly decision-making aid, which will décisionnot replace man. And all industries, from health to en education, through the military or mass grande distribution, are concerned with this subject.”
Brest Practice hosts,from March 4 to 6, “Brest is AI” to learn all about artificial intelligence. .
The program at www.frenchtechbrestplus.bzh/brest-is-ai