Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways From VivaTech 2024

It is no surprise that this year’s VivaTech conference had an “AI Mile” to display the latest developments in artificial intelligence. Some 88% of business leaders surveyed by the conference plan to invest in AI in 2024. They, along with thousands of startups and investors, converged at Europe’s large tech conference May 22-25 to learn about how to best leverage the technology, avoid its pitfalls, and navigate an uncertain future.

Conference goers from around the globe heard how AI was transforming everything from e-commerce and luxury goods to waste management, cosmetics, and cars. But high profile speakers such as Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind SpaceX, Tesla and XAI, and Meredith Whittaker, President of Signal, an encrypted messaging service, reminded conference goers about the darker side of AI :including turbo-charged cyberattacks, deepfakes, discrimination, surveillance, election interference, negative impact on children, impact on the work force and social unrest.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.