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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry A. Medvedev held a meeting on the issue of “Protecting the national interests of the Russian Federation in the international arena in the development of artificial intelligence.


Participants: Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation D.N. Chernyshenko, Minister of Industry and Trade D.V. Manturov, Minister of Economic Development M.G. Reshetnikov, Minister of Science and Higher Education V.N. Falkov, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and mass communications M.I.Shadayev, representatives of business circles, heads of services and departments.


The issues of the development of artificial intelligence technologies and its impact on national security were discussed.


“Our country pays considerable attention to work in this area. Including, within the framework of the National Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence until 2030, as well as the national program “Digital Economy”. According to Russian experts, by 2030, the demand for digital technologies in key sectors of the Russian economy will increase 10 times. Moreover, most of the technologies refer specifically to the direction of artificial intelligence. Russia has well-known competitive advantages, in addition to the United States and China, we simultaneously have national search engines, social networks, ecosystems of digital products. We also have developers of autonomous vehicle control technologies, creators of smart devices and voice assistants, and manufacturers of robots. And a whole range of technologies and competencies that the military-industrial complex has at its disposal. We also have traditionally strong educational schools in mathematics and physics, and in general, we have a fairly developed system for training IT specialists, ”Dmitry Medvedev said.

“It is obvious that there is competition, it will be more intense, including, in some cases, unfair. One can recall the opposition to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline or the promotion of the domestic vaccine Sputnik V abroad. It is necessary not only to develop artificial intelligence at the national level, including technological and legal issues, but to intensify participation in the international discussion on the problems of this spheres. It is necessary to conduct discussions, including in the Council of Europe, UNESCO, BRICS, OSCE, G20. It is necessary that all interested executive authorities, leading domestic companies join forces to promote our approaches at these and other sites. This will make a significant contribution to the formation of the image of Russia as an active participant in the global discussion on artificial intelligence, ”said the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council.

“Interaction within the BRICS, in which countries with a high level of development of artificial intelligence are represented, looks very promising. We need to think about developing a document for the BRICS member states on cooperation in this area. The document could include model laws that regulate problems that are relevant for all countries: unmanned vehicles, autonomous navigation, the introduction of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Together, we could also make recommendations on the ethical use and application of artificial intelligence technologies.

In addition, it is necessary to form our position on a number of important and sensitive issues: on the possible prohibition of the use of certain forms of artificial intelligence, on limiting its use in certain areas, as well as on introducing a system of external control over developments in this area. This includes, among other things, the creation of ethical standards for artificial intelligence and the establishment of the obligation for developers to disclose their programs for public access and external audit.

And, of course, it is necessary to enter the wide production of domestic artificial intelligence technologies, to ensure their promotion to foreign markets, including in the CIS countries and the Eurasian Economic Union. Especially considering that we have a lot of areas for joint work, ”Dmitry Medvedev emphasized.

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