The leader of the NeuroNet WG Andrey Ivashchenko has participated in the Skolkovo Robotics panel discussion

On April 21, 2017 Skolkovo held the Fifth Skolkovo Robotics International Conference 2017, organized by the Skolkovo Robotics Center, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), and the Moscow Technological Institute (MTI), one of the co-founders of the Branch Union NeuroNet. For the fifth consecutive year, the robotics conference brought together prominent international experts on robotics, representatives of venture funds and research teams, startups and many others.

Andrey Ivashchenko, the leader of the NeuroNet working group, participated in the Robots and People panel discussion, which discussed the issues of integrating man and machines, how far the scientific and technological progress has advanced, how the development of robotics and artificial intelligence will affect our society in the future, and when the time will come where man will have to live and work side by side with “smart” machines.

The transition to a new technological society will lead to the formation of totally new major markets in the world over the next 10–20 years, offering consumers advanced technological solutions, and innovative products and services, says the text of the National Technology Initiative (NTI), whose programs are aimed at actively including Russia in the creation of standards for the future global markets, as well as obtaining a major share in these markets for Russian companies.

NTI recognizes the market of man-machine communications — NeuroNet — as one of the most promising markets. The main objective of the NeuroNet Market Roadmap is the creation of up to ten national champion companies by 2035 with capitalization over $1 billion each. This means that dozens of medium-sized companies in the neurotech sphere are expected to grow in the next 10 years, and the objective for the nearest future is the creation of hundreds of startups in this sphere. Today the implementation of the roadmap already involves dozens of organizations — businesses, state universities, research laboratories, development institutions, and various foundations. The first products and services are already envisioned in all six market areas in the NeuroNet Roadmap, including the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. They all have global potential, and success in this area is a key issue in our national competitiveness.

During the plenary speech at Skolkovo Robotics, Dmitry Peskov, Director of the Young Professionals Division at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, emphasized that Russia needs developments right now. “Provide a specific solution — we will help with the rest”, he said.

“NeuroNet technologies are meant to restore and expand human capabilities through integration with the technosphere, especially with robots. In our community there are dozens of companies engaged in prosthetics, robotic wheelchairs with neurocontrol and other technical solutions that make life easier for those who have developed disabilities for various reasons, including completely paralyzed people. In 2017 regional stages of the Neurotlon competition are planned among participants who can return to normal life due to robotic solutions”, said the leader of the NeuroNet working group, Andrey Ivashchenko.

The Branch Union NeuroNet works on implementation of the Neuronet Roadmap projects and brings together the leading scientific and industrial companies, universities, and startups, interested in the development and promotion of neurotechnology in Russia. If you want to join the NeuroNet movement, please contact us: info@rusneuronet.ru or phone +7 977 502-91-24. For more information visit www.rusneuro.net