Opening Asia for Russia

01.08.2018 128 просмотров

On Russky Island, on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), an educational intensive "Island 10-21" was held, organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and the University of the National Technology Initiative "20.35".


This is the first educational program in Russia to train personnel for the digital economy and NTI. Program participants are techies, technology entrepreneurs, talented schoolchildren, startups, regional and federal officials, specialists in the field of Big Data and digital disciplines. For 11 days, they studied with leading Russian and foreign scientists, entrepreneurs and experts in the field of digital economy and technological development. 

One of the speakers of the "Island 10-21" Mr. - Vice President of Strategy for Hitachi and owner of the Smart City startup came to the FEFU campus to talk with participants, give a lecture and get feedback from Russia's future technology leaders.

Greater Asia : Arigato! Mr. Kokhno, please tell us briefly about the topic of your lecture.

Let's start with the fact that now I am a freelance consultant, I have my own consulting company that consults and implements Smart Cities ". We spent quite some time analyzing various trends related to the development of large cities, and global trends that affect the role of cities in our world. My lecture will be devoted to the topic in which I specialize - the future of megacities and their infrastructure development. The main idea is that over the past 10 years, the approach to urban development has changed quite a lot. If earlier a technological approach was laid as the basis: how to save electricity, how to connect cities with minimal costs and maximum comfort, now the idea of solving problems and involving the community in their solution is the basis for the development of cities. Interestingly, each city has its own problems. In this sense, "smart cities" now is not a story about technology, but about providing a high standard of living and attractiveness for people, their involvement in the life of the city. Simply put, a "smart city" is a comfortable city for people.

"Greater Asia": What is your vision of the technological development of the world? 

There is a feeling that we are entering a new technological era. If you look at a number of new technologies, such as Big Data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, it becomes obvious that they define a new stage in the development of our society. I must say that the concept of "Society 5.0" is now widespread in Japan. Let me explain: "Society 1.0" - these are those who are engaged in hunting and gathering, "Society 2.0" has replaced agriculture, manual labor has been replaced by the industrial revolution - this is "Society 3.0". Until recently, we lived in the information society "Society 4.0", after IT and communication technologies began to develop rapidly and united the world into a global whole. "Society 5.0" - the virtual and real worlds begin to unite and intertwine with each other, and this is already a two-way connection and you cannot be 100% sure where reality is and where VR is. 

"Greater Asia": Which countries are currently leading and in what, which countries have the potential to become leaders? 

Talking about the difference between "Society 4.0" and "Society 5.0" ”, then their main difference is that the latter should use the development of technologies in the direction of harmonizing society and solving its problems. Therefore, all new technologies make it possible to form a realistic picture of the future. This is very important for the harmonization of society. Of course, American universities and scientific organizations have gone far ahead in this sense, they are leaders in the field of new technologies and their research, but I want to believe that Japan is not far behind and our main difference from the Americans is that they focus more on research, and we are on the introduction of these technologies for the public good. I hope that Russia will also focus on more practical topics for integrating them into cities for the sake of harmonizing society.

Greater Asia: What is the importance of holding such educational intensives as Island 10-21? 

Such intensives help to form a community of technology leaders who are able to look far ahead, make forecasts, and generate new ideas. This is a way to share your thoughts and developments, discuss them, get feedback from people who think in the same way as you. I am glad that Russia has joined this process and I am grateful to the organizers for the invitation.

Greater Asia: Why did you decide to come here? What is your interest?

I'm interested in the view of young people - participants of the intensive on the future of our cities, I want to receive feedback, support and discussion of my ideas, and at the same time find people here with whom in the future it will be possible to do joint projects. I like to visit Russky Island, I come to the Eastern Economic Forum, I am friends with the local administration and the leadership of FEFU, there are all opportunities here to build a new model of education for technology leaders, I will be happy to help, contribute to our joint future.
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