November 30, 2023 10:14 am

Kyutai, a non-profit laboratory dedicated to open research in artificial intelligence (AI), was founded by the iliad Group, the CMA CGM Group, and Schmidt Futures. Each of these organizations has contributed $110 million to fund the research laboratory, with Schmidt Futures joining as a co-founder.

The objective of Kyutai is to tackle the main challenges of modern AI, particularly by developing large multimodal models and inventing new algorithms to enhance their capacities, reliability, and efficiency. Kyutai has already assembled a team of researchers with academic and business backgrounds.

Rodolphe Saadé, President and CEO of the CMA CGM Group said that through this new investment in artificial intelligence he wants “the younger generation to benefit from all the opportunities that this technology has to offer. Thanks to Kyutai, researchers will have all the resources they need to create and invent the world of tomorrow.”

Xavier Niel, Chairman and Founder of the iliad Group commented that “Europe’s got everything it takes to win the AI race. French researchers are known as being the best in the world. We have all the computing power that’s needed. And we have a hyper-dynamic AI ecosystem.” By creating an AI open research lab here in Paris they are stepping up their efforts even further. The entire European AI ecosystem will be able to benefit from ultra high-performing, reliable AI models developed by Kyutai.

Patrick Pérez, CEO of Kyutai added that “To achieve our ambitions we’re building an exceptional research team and immersing ourselves in major challenges of modern AI.” They look forward to sharing with community first results of their open research.

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