Kyutai, a non-profit laboratory dedicated to open research in artificial intelligence (AI), has been founded by the iliad Group, the CMA CGM Group, and Schmidt Futures. The three organizations have each contributed $110 million to fund the project, with Schmidt Futures joining as a co-founder.
Kyutai’s objective is to tackle some of the main challenges faced by modern AI. The laboratory plans to develop large multimodal models and invent new algorithms to improve their capacities, reliability, and efficiency. Kyutai has already assembled a team of researchers with both academic and business backgrounds.
Rodolphe Saadé, President and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said that this new investment in AI will benefit young people who can take advantage of all the opportunities that this technology offers. He added that through Kyutai, researchers will have access to all the resources they need to create and invent the world of tomorrow. This venture brings together some of the best experts in AI from around the world to address its challenges.
Xavier Niel, Chairman and Founder of the iliad Group said that France has everything it takes to win the AI race. French researchers are known for being among the best in the world, there is plenty of computing power available and an active AI ecosystem in Europe. By creating an open research lab in Paris, they are accelerating their efforts even further. Kyutai will provide high-performing and reliable AI models that can be used by everyone in Europe’s AI ecosystem.
Patrick Pérez, CEO of Kyutai stated that they plan on building an exceptional research team at Kyutai and working on major challenges facing modern AI. They look forward to sharing their results with the community soon