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We are pleased to invite you to seminar on digital platforms and artificial intelligence. Large Chinese and US digital platforms are shaping the technological frontiers. The American technological hegemony is increasingly challenged by China. Subsequently, technology issues have taken a central role in the trade disputes between China and the United States.

What are global implications of these developments? Will US private platforms continue to dominate in the world? Will a two-bloc world emerge with scrambled geopolitics and spliternet where government platforms take the lead? How should European policy-makers and businesses respond to these developments.

The seminar will take place from 15:00 to 16:30 on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the seminar room of Foresight Centre (Toompea 1, Tallinn, Komandandi maja, press 3 at doorbell for Arenguseire Keskus).


Martin Kenney, Distinguished Professor, University of California and Director, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy


Marc Lecoultre, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Business Investigation SA (Switzerland)
Hector de Rivoire, Economic Councellor, French Embassy in Estonia


Meelis Kitsing, Head of Research, Foresight Centre

To attend, please register by writing to Ms. Kadri Mats (ask@riigikogu.ee) by Monday, March 25.

Speaker Bios:

Martin Kenney is Distinguished Professor at University of California Davis and has been the Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy for the last two decades. He is also Editor of Research Policy, the world leading academic journal on innovation, and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. His scholarly interests are in understanding the interplay between technology, academic institutions, finance, and competition in capitalist economies and how these dynamics affect people and places. He published a numerous books such as Understanding Silicon Valley (Stanford 2000), Locating Global Advantage (Stanford 2004), Public Universities and Regional Growth (Stanford 2015 translated into Chinese for Tsinghua University Press), and China’s Innovation Challenge (Cambridge 2016 translated into Chinese for Beijing University Press) and approximately 170 scholarly articles.

Marc Lecoultre is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Business Investigation SA, an artificial intelligence company based in Switzerland. He opened company’s R&D office in Tallinn in February 2019. He is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a Graduate Certificate from Stanford and multiple certifications in Lean Management and AI domains. He founded several companies in AI fields, one of which address the issue related to the management and optimization of processes using artificial intelligence technologies. He practiced AI and Machine Learning for over 18 years. He has worked on dozens of projects in various companies and industries. He is an editor and actively participates to the WHO/ITU focus group on AI for health.

Hector de Rivoire is Economic Councellor at the French Embassy in Estonia. Prior to this position, he worked for the Secretary General of Microsoft France and for a former French Prime Minister. He has conducted academic research on various topics by linking innovation, economic policy and technology. He graduated from the London School of Economics (Msc) and Sciences Po in Strasburg (Master’s degree).