The most pressing matters of intellectual development have always been at the forefront of UNESCO’s activity. Today, the organization continues to respond to modern-day challenges; moving not only in tune with the time, but one-step ahead of it.
Artificial intelligence is becoming one of UNESCO’s top programmatic priorities — in particular, the understanding of risks, associated with this advanced technology and the development of possible methods for abating these risks. A particular attention has been given to 15th World Conference on Intellectual Capital: Artificial Intelligence and the Next Generation of Competencies”, which was held on July 11–12, 2019 at UNESCO Paris Headquarters. The central theme of the forum, organized by “Information for All Programme” and the University of Paris-Sud, was labor market transformation under the artificial intelligence influence.
UNESCO Assistant Director-General Moez Chakchouk welcomed participants and guests — experts, journalists, government representatives and international organizations. Referring to his recent visit to Yakutsk, he thanked our country for the information projects support. Further, he warmly congratulated Russia on being a partner-country of the conference.
The forum placed particular emphasis on domestic experience in relation to the development of a national strategy for the advancement of artificial intelligence technology in Russia. Thus, special attention was given to the Director of Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering, Dr. Mikhail Fedorov, who presented a report on Russian approaches to artificial intelligence application in the field of science and education.
The State University of Management (GUU) together with Ministry of Communications of Russia conducted the section “Towards the Society of Digital Equality: Challenges and Prospects”. The most animated discussions were prompted by the message of GUU Professor Pavel Terelyansky, who suggested the possible solution to global digital trade imbalance. Participants also listened attentively to reports by Director of Department of Ministry of Communications of Russia Mikhail Nasibulin and GUU experts Svetlana Malkarova and Aleksandra Adaskina.
Russia is an active participant in international scientific cooperation. In the era of explosive high-tech growth, it is just an open exchange of ideas, which is the best engine of world progress.