Microsoft will invest in Uruguay to install an artificial intelligence laboratory

Microsoft will invest in Uruguay to install an artificial intelligence laboratory

Photo: UNsplash/Turag Photography
Photo: UNsplash/Turag Photography

This Thursday, the Presidency of the Republic announced that a new artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) laboratory of the American company Microsoft will be installed in Uruguay.

“The announcement was made after the meeting held by the President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou (virtually), with a Microsoft delegation headed by Rodrigo Kede Lima, the company’s president for Latin America. The Minister of Industry, Omar Paganini, and the Ambassador to the United States, Andrés Durán Hareau, also participated,” explained the Presidency in a statement.

“This is the first laboratory in Latin America and the third outside the United States, joining the ones in Shanghai and Munich,” the government added.

With this project, Uruguay will host the AI ​​& IoT Insider Lab project in Montevideo, Uruguay, in which various technological challenges of organizations and companies in the region will be solved, as well as obtaining guidance and recommendations from experts to materialize the full potential of artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

“The initiative is aligned with the vision of the Uruguayan government to become an ‘innovation hub’ for the region, positioning the country and the laboratory as a facilitator of innovation and creativity, where new ideas or challenges of business could become a reality”, continues the statement.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce this initiative with Microsoft, the installation of an advanced laboratory, the fourth in the world, developed in partnership with the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), to promote disruptive technologies,” said the minister of Industry, Energy, and Mining, Omar Paganini.

What the lab will offer

• Knowledge from the experience of experts: electrical engineers, cloud engineers, data scientists, program managers, project managers, software engineers.

• Investment of time from highly qualified Microsoft people, as needed for each requested project.

• Project management, design, architecture, prototyping and guidance for clients and partners after execution.

“We are extremely excited about what this new AI and Cloud Laboratory, together with local creativity and vision, will achieve to promote the technological development of the country. Uruguay has proven to be a focus of innovation at the international level and initiatives like this reflect the great opportunity that the market has to accelerate the digital transformation of the region”, commented Rodrigo Kede Lima, president of Microsoft Latin America.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. For this reason, we hope to work in the AI ​​and IoT Laboratory side by side between the organizations and our experts to create creative and cutting-edge solutions, positioning Uruguay as a benchmark in the technological development of the region”, said Alejandro Pazos, general manager from Microsoft Uruguay.

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