The Foresight Fleet made a Volga trip from Samara to Astrakhan stopping in Volgograd, where the participants of the event exchanged their views on the projects and discussed important issues. Over 150 initiatives were declared at the Foresight Fleet, whereby 70 of them were included into the final presentations.
The participants of the ship presented 32 projects on the development of NTI markets, such as NeuroNet, AeroNet, HealthNet, as well as cross-market initiatives, i.e. TechNet, IpNet. A part of the projects have become an important discovery for the Foresight Fleet. For instance, VCNet (venture capital is a subgroup of the FinNet market) proposed to make Russia one of the top five venture capital markets of the world by 2035 through creating a global venture hub with a portfolio of financial instruments which will provide funding for the NTI projects throughout all stages of project evolution. The group stated that at least 50% share of foreign investments and participation of ten technological NTI companies in IPO by 2035 will serve as target success indicators.
The group of MoveNet (a branch of the AutoNet market dealing with R&D in logistics of unmanned automobile transport) outlined about 20 projects. The group participants proposed to create an open platform with artificial intelligence to develop control systems. The multimodal system, when ready, will support movement of people and freight without intermediaries. Within this project, the cost of logistics will tend towards zero.
The IPNet (“Intellectual property”) group concentrated on creating an IP-accelerator and developing new educational programmes for school and university students. The AeroNet group prepared two projects involving the use of space. The first one is an open network platform “Digital planet”, which is designed to provide quick and unhindered access to high-precision geodata. The second project “Space TechNet” is concerned with high-tech recycling of space waste and its further use in space programmes.
The project “Jurisdiction of trust” was represented by the group “Comfortable jurisdiction” that offered a system approach to creating an environment for supporting and cascading R&D of new technological companies under total transparency conditions.
The “TechNet” group presented the whole of four projects, which are: creating testing grounds for investigating and checking cutting edge production technologies; establishing technology testing and certification centers; a system of smart management of distributed design, manufacturing and servicing of technical objects of varying complexity; and a complex of services for testing and advancing business hypotheses designed to significantly accelerate development of a technological solution and its progress towards cascading.
Boris Ryabov, the programme director of the “Business” ship, emphasized unprecedented courage and free flow of ideas of the working group participants: “What has changed since we last met in the Foresight Fleet? This year we have for the first time touched upon the issue of education. This was not a predetermined step, rather an idea brought up by the participants themselves. We underlined the necessity to learn – in various ways and through various sources, such as through mentorship, to learn from children and while creating a community. We also talked for the first time about creativity in the sense that creating future is not so much about large-scale companies that create their own version of the future in their own interests. We came up with the idea that it is people’s joint activity that gives birth to future. It was a real revelation for me that the idea of joint creativity and co-feeling was born in the process of discussion and reflections of mature and hardcore team of entrepreneurs, investors and members of development institutions.”
The ship “crew” presented 17 projects aimed at creating conditions for dynamic development of new technological companies and the system of searching and promoting talents and universities of the new type. Separate attention was given to the formats of participation in NTI of the regions and models of operation of “flow-through” technological working groups.
Both groups of “Services” (for small and medium-scale high-tech companies) proposed to create a smart service, a sort of “one-contact” for all government services, an analogue of a Multifunctional centre for high-tech business. Potentially, in future supply of state support services can and must be contracted out by private organizations.
The group “NTI talents” elaborated on the issue of finding, developing and supporting children with special capabilities, stable motivation and a high potential for achievements. The proposal was to launch a number of projects, including a system of targeted search and development of talents “The Great Educational Funnel”. This would be a tool for talents to construct their own individual educational trajectories, and for employer companies – to formulate and set an inquiry for talents with a set of unique competences. The project is capable of transforming the market of talent search services.
The group “NTI Universities” came up with the project “University of the future: EDUCOINS” aimed at advancement of the educational system in the context of rapid changes. Within it, every human action aimed at receiving new competences or improving existing ones is stored in a portfolio throughout the whole lifespan.
Another project of this group was called “Science.Net”, which is a creative scientific network and a market of scientists, universities, and their R&D services in the form of an electronic ground providing for exchange of information and coordination of joint activities of individuals and organizations realizing hi-tech research and development.
The groups “Regions” proposed three key services of the regional NTI management system, i.e.: creating early demand for NTI companies (project “Early demand”), export support (project “Expansion”), and legislative regulation for the purpose of creating pilot zones (project “Roadside picnic”). Involving talented young people into the process of technological creation will become the most important mission of the region.
When concluding the session, Evgeny Kovnir, programme director of the ship “Government” noted: “The working groups have pinpointed very important trends that will influence the development of the whole system of interaction between the government and businesses within the nearest 10-year horizon. These are outsourcing of services from the government to specialized private organizations, decreased role of the government in the educational system, joint efforts of Russian regions for the goal of winning global markets, etc. We have succeeded in verifying the key hypotheses of the service and regional NTI models, design the bases of the talent hunting and development systems, the bases of NTI management system, and to put forward specific projects on their implementation along with the teams capable of it”.
Participants of the session that took place at the ship “World” developed the NTI strategy in international cooperation, which found its realization in 13 projects.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, programmme director of the ship, believes that the work of the experts of the ship “World” will set forth a trend for development of the Russian economy in the nearest decades: “Particular note should be taken of the active collaboration with the Chinese group of experts. We have not only reached an agreement over the proper strategy of Russian-Chinese cooperation, but also started working on the first joint projects in the priority NTI areas that can be launched quite soon already”.
Among the projects developed by the participants, Evgeny Kuznetsov pointed out several particularly important ones. For instance, project “15,000 scientists” is aimed at attracting promising scientists from abroad and creating favourable conditions for their scientific work in Russia. The purpose of the project “SafeNet 2.0” is to develop and customize safety technologies without territorial allegiance that would provide protection of personal data, life, health, and financial resources both for individuals and for corporations and the world on the whole. Another project is concerned with developing technological solutions for the prospective market of climatic design and engineering allowing to control climate change and moderate climate at a macroregional level.
Besides, as Evgeny Kuznetsov underlined, the project Russia Go Global initiated by both the government and private organizations and aimed at supporting the high-tech NTI export is promising as well. Russia Go Global will unite representatives of business communities, businesses, development institutions and profile governmental bodies to solve the whole set of tasks set before the NTIs.
Several projects declared by the working group are already underway. For example, the project designed to support transformation of NTI participant companies into transnational corporations and support hi-tech transnational corporations of Russian origin, as well as the project on creating a “one contact” service to reduce governmental barriers while exporting the services of Russian hi-tech companies.
The participants developed 20 initiatives and, during the final session, the groups united and presented eight projects.
Alexey Sitnikov, programme director of the ship, pointed out that many of the projects presented by the participants have common points and can be developed through their interaction. According to him, the project called “Russian scientists have proved” can integrate Russian scientific and engineering achievements into the global agenda. This project envisions active advancement of the innovations of Russian scientists and engineers in the global informational context with the help of modern information and soft (i.e. nonscientific) technologies.
Two of the projects are based on creating networks, i.e. the project “Makers of the future”, which presupposes a mechanism of self-organization of the makers’ community in Russia, and the project “EduNet” – a self-regulating network space of interaction between customers, creators and consumers of education in the life-long learning ideology. According to Alexey Sitnikov, EduNet is also a ready platform for elderly professionals who will be able to realize their potential through passing on their expertise. The issue of elderly people was also raised in the project “The silver age of NTI”. The working group proposed to discard the model of the “living out their days” to the model of active participants of technological transformation of society who can create demand for healthy longevity technologies and invest pension savings into their development.
The project “Protocol of trust” puts forward the goal of creating an image of an “NTI hero” and promote it in the popular mind, which will contribute to a new mythology and new world outlook in the 21st century.
Alexey Sitnikov underlined that during discussions on the initiatives almost all the groups of the ship “Society” raised the issue of NTI ethics and responsibility for project implementation and the system changes proposed.
The results of the joint efforts of “Foresight Fleet 2016” participants will be submitted for the attention of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2016.
“Foresight Fleet 2016” was organized by the Agency of Strategic Initiatives in partnership with the Russian Venture Company, “World Skills Russia” Union, and Association “Professional Community of Directors “Directorium”.