La Libra, Facebook's digital currency, announced for 2021 in reduced format

The launch of Facebook's digital currency, Libra , could take place in 2021. The project may benefit from favorable factors in the global economy, but regulators will have to be convinced first.  Facebook could launch Libra, its digital currency in 2021, we learn from the British media Financial Times, which quotes people close to the process. The product is expected to arrive in a limited version, after the project has met with great aversion from regulators, including in the United States, the country where the headquarters of the social media management company are located. The stakeholder association behind this digital currency project is now planning to launch a single version of Libra that will itself be pegged to the dollar, at the rate of one unit of US currency for each Facebook digital currency . “The other forms of currencies will be deployed at a later stage,” the FT source added. The exact launch date will depend on when the project

A new national coordinator for artificial intelligence | France

Renaud Vedel, from the Ministry of the Interior, replaces the engineer Bertrand Pailhès, who left in November 2019 for the CNIL. The national strategy for artificial intelligence finds a pilot. The senior official Renaud Vedel replaces Bertrand Pailhès, who left in November for the CNIL, the Prime Minister announced in a press release published on Monday. He will report to the Directorate General for Enterprise of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The national strategy for artificial intelligence - CNIL - France

It’s a change of style. Bertrand Pailhès was an engineer by training, a graduate of Telecom ParisTech and a mining engineer. He had worked at ARCEP and, already, at the CNIL. Renaud Vedel, on the other hand, is a senior official who has had a career in the Ministry of the Interior. Since 2018, he has directed the artificial intelligence strategy there.

After having started as sub-prefect in Vaucluse, he climbed the ladder in Beauvau, in particular within the national police. Above all, he was adviser to Prime Minister Manuel Valls for home affairs from 2014 to 2016, during which time he worked on the intelligence law of 2015.

He will therefore have under his responsibility the budget of 1.5 billion euros (over five years) allocated to artificial intelligence. Launched with great fanfare by Emmanuel Macron at the end of March 2018, with the submission of the report by deputy Cédric Villani, the national strategy in artificial intelligence "aims to position France as a leader in artificial intelligence in Europe and in the world", recalls Matignon.

In addition, the European Commission presented its white paper on artificial intelligence at the end of February, where it aims both to attract 20 billion euros in investment in artificial intelligence over the next decade and to establish standards for regulation of this sector.