When Medef Lille Métropole launched the City of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in January 2020, the idea was to federate the ecosystem, facilitate cooperation and initiatives, raise awareness and support companies and work on the training offer. It is clear that a good number of these projects are no longer at the level of simple construction sites: 2,000 members, 91 companies made aware, 17 supported in 2022 alone, the publication of a directory of 40 certifications, the implementation line of a dozen podcasts…
“Businesses cannot ignore AI. It’s a management subject and not just a technological one.says Manuel Davy, leader of the Cité de l’IA, which has just welcomed new members such as Vertbaudet, Oversoc, Vilogia, GetLink… A plurality of players reflecting the diversity of companies to be trained: beyond the large groups that are often already well structured, VSEs, SMEs and SMIs: “Raising their awareness and supporting them is one of our main missions. They are our main target because if they don’t take over the AI, they will be left behind.he warns.
And to cite the example of the Ferme de la Gontière in Comines, which has equipped itself with a drone to identify mature mushrooms and send the information to a picking robot. Although this project is currently at the demonstrator stage, it proves that all companies, regardless of their size, are impacted by AI.
10,000 regional experts by 2030
Of the 1.5 million private employees in Hauts-de-France, 331,000 are affected by AI. “AI will not destroy jobs but will develop employees. But for that, they have to be trainedwarns Yann Orpin, president of Medef Lille Métropole. The region would need, according to a report by the Cité de l’IA, 10,000 experts by 2030. But you still need to have the skills and talents…
Last October, the network sounded the alarm on the shortage of data engineers (construction and management of infrastructures to accommodate the data, on which the data scientists will work, editor’s note). “Hauts-de-France still suffers from a lack of attractiveness. Ten years ago, young people were told to become data scientists. As a result, today there is a lack of a data engineer. We need to make this job attractive.insists Manuel Davy. This requires initial but also continuous training since these professions appeal to employees undergoing retraining.
“We need experts but also profiles at all levels. We must shorten the chain between training and business needs“. A brand new degree – “AI at the service of business – has just been created in collaboration with the Catholic University; it will be given from the start of the 2023 school year. Also in the viewfinder, a learning expedition to Tallinn in Estonia in May 2023 to discover a country that is very advanced in the digitization of public services and cybersecurity (it also hosts NATO’s cyber defense center) and imagine the prospects to be transposed to the region. So many advances that prove that economic and academic players are seizing the subject.
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