What is it, the world of the XXI century? What is behind the processes of globalization and digitalization? What is the alignment of forces in the system of modern international relations?
Answers to these and many other questions were given by Alexander Ivanovich Ageev, Director General of the Institute for Economic Strategies of the Social Sciences Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the International Academy for Future Studies, Head of the Department of Business Project Management, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI ”, General Director of the International Institute of P. Sorokin - N. Kondratiev, Editor-in-Chief of the journals "Economic Strategies" and "Partnership of Civilizations".
IAC MGU summarized some of the expert's theses:
Shift dynamics dominant vectors of development of international relations
with "hard globalization". The dominance of the United States was clearly seen in the system of international relations. Under such conditions, the doctrine of the "New American Century" emerged.
In the 2000s, the situation changed - there was an increase in the trend of multipolarity, in which a number of states: the Russian Federation, China, Iran, Venezuela openly challenged the concept of a unipolar world. In Latin America, a "left turn" began - the coming to power in a number of states of representatives of a political direction characterized by criticism of the historical role of the proletariat and institutional forms of resistance; a protest against the lack of spirituality of the "consumer society", the impersonality of mass culture, the unification of the human personality; support for "direct democracy", freedom of expression and non-conformism. The New Left has been critical of the United States to varying degrees.
In the early 2010s, –the peak of multipolarity. The dynamically developing countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have become the BRICS group. The globalization impulse of the West has taken a moderate shape.
The mid-2010s are the peak of turbulence. "Hard globalization" is becoming more and more aggressive. The world is at a crossroads.
Changes are taking place not only in the political arena, but practically all spheres of our society are covered by changes. In this context, the rapid pace of digitalization development is not surprising. The numbers speak for themselves: every minute is 150 million emails, 20 million WhatsApp messages, 3 million YouTube views, 2.5 million Google searches, 700,000 Facebook logins, and more than $200,000 spent on Amazon. com.
Human talents have blossomed: 8 million new songs, 2 million new books, 16,000 movies, 30 billion blog entries and 182 billion tweets are released every year. About 400,000 new products are created every year.
End-to-end technologies of the Russian Federation
Technology also does not stand still. Among the Russian trends is the creation of digital economy ecosystems, which are being implemented as part of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program. The main end-to-end technologies are represented by the following developments: neurotechnologies and artificial intelligence, distributed registry systems, quantum technologies, new production technologies, industrial Internet, robotics and sensor components, wireless communication technologies, virtual and augmented reality technologies.
Big data analysis occupies a special place. A significant amount of data is unknowingly created by citizens through messaging, sharing geolocation data or purchases. According to domestic analysis, a dozen trillion purchases made in the Russian Federation can be reduced to 400 items, which creates additional opportunities for managing consumer demand.
Threats in the modern world also keep pace with the times. The danger is the consequences of digitalization: threats to cybersecurity and the degradation of natural intelligence. The latter phenomenon includes clip thinking, which displaces mental practices, the growth of intellectual and mental dependence on electronic devices, borrowing values and needs from digital templates. All of the above leads to the elimination of the boundaries between reality and illusions, which facilitates the manipulation of mass consciousness for commercial and military-political purposes.
The lecture was held as part of the second stage of the International program "Mediation" - "Bishkek Week", which will last until July 18, 2021.
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