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Over 30 higher schools, firms to develop artificial intelligence in Russia

Russia’s main rivals in artificial intelligence development include the United States and China

KAZAN, May 28. /TASS/. Russia’s United Instrument-Making Company integrated into state hi-tech corporation Rostec launched a large-scale project involving over 30 Russian companies, educational and research institutions for artificial intelligence development and data semantic analysis, Company Innovation Department Director Alexander Kalinin said on Thursday.

"The creation of artificial intelligence is a key trend of IT-technology development throughout the world. Opinions were numerously expressed that artificial intelligence technologies are far dangerous than existing types of armaments," he said at a conference on information technologies in the defense sector held in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan.

Russia’s main rivals in artificial intelligence development include the United States and China at the state level and Google, Facebook, Apple and Baidu at the corporate level, massively investing in these projects, Kalinin said.

"In the United States, this area is financed from the budgets of DAPRA, IAPRA, In-Q-Tel and about another 20 specialized venture capital funds. In our country, these technologies ae just beginning to develop and the process of their creation is gaining momentum," the company official said.

The Russian system of data semantic analysis is based on the latest achievements in machine learning and Big Data technologies, he said.

"Bulk data are processed and the computer learns to understand the morphology and syntax of language, the semantics of words and whole texts. Computers use this ‘knowledge’ to search for news, articles, documents and references required for the user in Internet-sources and various information repositories," the company official said.

This system is capable of solving the most serious analytical and applied tasks without man’s participation in various spheres like business, state governance, law-enforcement agencies, health care, education, science and so on, he added.

The project’s participants include the Higher School of Economics, the Computer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Research and Test Center of Biometric Technology at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, higher educational establishments, the Central R&D Institute of Economics, Information Technology and Governance Systems, the editorial boards of several federal mass media organizations, state and private companies operating in the area of information services, software development, energy and law.