JAMES HARDING, former Times editor and former BBC news director, co-founder and publisher of Tortoise Media, will lead the interview.
Element AI appeared virtually overnight. In two years the company attracted over $250M US in funding and 400+ employees with its bold mission: democratize AI. During the conference, Jean-François Gagné will share the realities of running Canada’s fastest growing startup, the years of leadup to this moment, and how AI could fundamentally change our relationship with technology. Please note that the speech will be given in English.
WHEN? Monday 11th November 2019, 7-9pm. The talk will begin promptly at 7pm.
WHERE? The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS.
RECEPTION: A reception will follow, showcasing flavours from Québec.
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ABOUT JEAN-FRANÇOIS GAGNÉ:
In October 2016, Jean-François co-founded Element AI with Yoshua Bengio, one of the three fathers of Deep Learning. Born out of an AI research lab connected to the world’s top academic institutions, Element AI develops transformative AI business applications for large corporations. With a global ecosystem that spans North America, Europe, and Asia, Element AI has unparalleled access to two of the scarcest talent pools: world-class entrepreneurs and artificial intelligence experts. As testament to this valuable access, Element AI raised $102M, the largest Series A for any AI startup to date, just seven months after launching.
In Element AI’s first year of existence, Jean-François traveled more than half a million miles to work with the largest companies that are not yet engaged in ‘big tech’ to prepare them for the AI revolution. He has unique views on how this new technology will develop and spread through different levels of our economy.
Jean-François is an outspoken advocate of AI for Good and is actively involved in guiding AI's impact on business, people, and society. He acts as an advisor to the Canadian and European governments on the safe development of AI and his company is the only Canadian member of the prestigious Partnership on AI. While speaking at least twice a week to audiences about AI, Jean-François also remains engaged on the local level as a member of the Calcul Québec Board, which supports the province’s high-performance computing research infrastructure, and is an avid supporter of the Montreal startup scene.
For more information, please call Barbara Daniel on +44 (0) 207 766 5911 / DGQL@mri.gouv.qc.ca
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