Technology Breakfast for SMEs on Generative Artificial Intelligence in the framework of the Centr@tec programme

One of the most promising technologies today is Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). With the aim of disseminating knowledge of this powerful tool and how it can boost business, the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) in collaboration with AIR Institute, have held a Technology Breakfast: "Generative Artificial Intelligence" at the Technological Park of León, within the framework of the Centr@tec program.

Discovering Generative AI

The main purpose of the Technology Breakfast was to share valuable knowledge about Generative AI and its potential to transform SMEs. During the Tech Breakfast, participants have had the opportunity to listen to leading experts, interact in a panel discussion and bring up their questions and concerns.

The Technology Breakfast began with a warm welcome and the presentation of the Centr@tec program by Juan Manuel Corchado, President of the Air Institute. Next, Beatriz Casado, from the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE), provided an overview of regional support for business digitalization and shared the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy 2027.

Corchado shared with the attendees the latest trends and developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st century. Afterwards, Vicente Matellán, from the SCAYLE Supercomputing Center, delved into the area of quantum emulation, providing information on advances in this field and its relevance to Generative AI.

Key takeaways from the panel discussion

The day continued with a round table discussion with the participation of Vicente Matellán, Carmen Benavides from the University of León, Sergio Martínez from HP SCDS, Félix Antonio Barrio, INCIBE National Cybersecurity Institute, and Juan Manuel Corchado from AIR Institute, who moderated the debate.

Among the main assertions of the table Félix Barrio assured that INCIBE is at the forefront of AI and cybersecurity. "Within Spain, Castilla y León is at the forefront".  Meanwhile, Sergio Martinez of HP SCDS, argues that "AI will generate trillions of euros in the coming years. However, it is important to control risks, so it is necessary to combine AI development with cybersecurity advances".

For her part, Carmen Benavides, professor at the University of León, affirms that the ULE already has undergraduate, and master's degrees focused on AI that have been implemented with great success, as is the case of the European University Master's Degree in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence or the University Master's Degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Finally, Vicent Matellan points out that "AI, which stopped being trendy 30 years ago, is back to stay and will evolve in a remarkable manner". Likewise, together with Juan Manuel Corchado, they assured that the European Sandbox will be applied in Spain soon.

It has certainly been an insightful day in which the present and future of artificial intelligence and the opportunities for companies in Castilla y León have been discussed from different points of view.