Putin's AI Priorities
In 2017, Putin stated whichever nation is leading in AI “will be the ruler of the world”. As one would think, this caused some fear and speculation that we are heading into a cold war rush for the best AI.
It was stated by Putin that “Mechanisms of artificial intelligence provide real-time fast decision-making based on the analysis of huge amounts of information, which gives tremendous advantages in quality and effectiveness,” and if someone is leading by a large margin then in essence “he will rule the world”.
There is a clear method that forms the foundation of the government’s plans:
Legal Progress towards encouraging AI
Focus on STEM
Protection of intellectual and citizen rights
This all indicates that a portion of the Russian Federation’s annual budget will be spent on government-backed research into AI, potentially leading to an arms race between the 4 current geographic areas which lead in terms of their level of technology: America, China, Russia and the Euro zone. Chances are, Russia’s key idea will be allowing enterprise to lead the charge while ensuring a firm drive by government-backed research and a stronger computer science and STEM based culture to get a strong employee pool, which also potentially go on to do research after passing through a more STEM based education system.
The government has been given a deadline of June 25th to completely decide a strategy to move forward into the future of AI with and there should be more clarification about what the future will be like.