The participants of the meeting in Saint-Petersburg were young specialists and students, postgraduates of Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University, ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Mining University, Baltic State Technical University ”Voenmeh“, University of Civil Aviation, Saint Petersburg State University and North-West Institute of Management.
In the course of an open dialogue German Klimenko told about the history of foundation of Skolkovo Innovation Center, presented examples of placement in depressed regions of companies, producing not only products unique for the regions, but also training highly skilled workforce.
Many students’ questions referred to IT companies and successful Russian practices, work of artificial intelligence and interaction between humanities and natural and technical sciences.
As German Klimenko emphasized, the artificial intelligence can do some human work, and this would enable screening of mediocre workers in the sector, while the work for qualified ones would only increase. “A professional will always earn crust”, he summarized.
The Presidential Adviser touched the issue of cooperation of the community and the state as separate regulators. “Digital economy is like a sea. We can live behind a dam, easing the taxes, creating incubators and clusters, and we can simply break a dam. Indeed, if not to remove administrative barriers, we cannot expect a substantive breakthrough. All breakthrough technologies, including the creation of Skolkovo, are the result of interdisciplinary cooperation,” German Klimenko stressed.
As the Presidential Adviser noted, Russia already stepped into the era of digital economy, and one cannot live in accordance with the old patterns. “Skolkovo, the Silicon Valley appeared there, where the sphere was no tightly regulated, and the future lies with it. Yandex entered the taxi market, and, without asking anybody, changed it. Today it is a completely different industry”, he noted.
German Klimenko advised the youth to develop their own innovative ideas, and not to try to change and improve foreign hardware and software. “You cannot just take something and copy it without thinking. All the attempts to take the best from foreign products and to combine them are bad, because this is initially not our technology. That is to say, all the products based on foreign ones will be secondary. There are things, in which we are leading: we have an excellent school of browsers, advertising school, Big Data, the story with neural networks is great, the whole world is crazy about “Prisma” and “Face swap”. Here is what to look for”.