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25 May 2018


Russia’s cultural code allows successful integration of digital technologies.

«The Russian (cultural code — Ed.) should be like everywhere else: a combination of world figures of global culture that can only occur in Russia. <...> The cultural code allows you to turn some kind of bookkeeping, which for many of us is a figure, a digital economy, into something more, something creative, where the answers are not simple, where two times two does not equal four,» Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of The State Hermitage Museum

The modern era has a tendency to monetize art

«This medal has two sides. Focus can move from the actual artistic part to the financial part. I am not complaining, although it is in some cases annoying. <...> At some point you begin to feel like a person who turns into a product,» Kevin Abosch, Artist.

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence — drivers of modern cultural development

«Virtual reality combined with artificial intelligence probably are the two key components that drive digital renaissance. Virtual reality will be like an interface for everything: for art, for technology. <...> In art, we create a reality that will later be materialized and brought to life,» Drew Kataoka, Drue Kataoka Studios.

The impulse of artistic and scientific learning is a search for something new

«The process of making a scientific discovery and the process of making an artwork are fundamentally creative. This creativity has the same DNA and same roots,» Kirill Androsov, Managing Director of Altera Investment Fund

«There are three levels on which we can talk about and draw parallels between artistic and scientific creativity. The main problem, the most important task is to create something new,» Konstantin Novoselov, Nobel Laureate in Physics.

Digital-Renaissance leads to revival of an individual creative personality potential

«We are living in a time when humanity is in an anthropocentric state. Everyone today can influence the entire civilization, the course of civilization, through their ideas. <...> Anyone who has a creative idea can bring this idea to billions of people,» Dmitry Aksenov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, RDI Group


Scientific discoveries carry uncertain consequences for the world

«An artist, a scientist should be able to drive off the road, turn away from the beaten track and make discoveries. <...> A small space of freedom poses a question for the scientist: how to manage this freedom in exact science? <...> When a great scientist is working on a new scientific discovery, do they always think about how this discovery will change our world?» Kirill Androsov.

«The subject that I am working on, which is called the first or even the second quantum revolution — is a new concept. This entanglement, quantum entanglement, it is truly a new topic. <...> So how are we changing the world, in which direction? I do not know that at all,» Alain Aspect, Physicist, Specialist in Quantum Optics.

Technological obstacles on the way of the scientific revolution

«When I think about universality, about the universal quantum computer, I feel as if it’s thirty years ago, and we are talking about finding gravitational waves. <...> There is a certain technological gap that does not allow us to do more than we can do,» Alain Aspect.

Ineffective use of the time resource

«Speed for me equals time, partially. What we do not have enough of today is time. Therefore, time is the most valuable thing. It’s not just about how fast we can get somewhere. It’s about how we can make use of this time. <...> Many scientific discoveries are made during the process of reflection, which takes time. In this bustling world we are trying to do one thing, another one, and another one. And as a result, we lost the skill of managing time,» Dirk Ahlborn, Chief Executive Officer, of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Substitution of culture and social relationships with technology

«Nowadays technology is trying to substitute a great number of concepts: human relations, art, morality, and even religion. <...> On our way to this happy tomorrow we get these refreshing surrogates: instead of news we get fakes and propaganda, instead of friendship we get weak connections through social networks with people we don’t really know, instead of arguments — it’s proofs and links,» Natalya Kaspersky, President of InfoWatch

Destruction of traditional art

«Speed is a word that was mentioned here as it were super-positive — it is the thing that destroys art, destroys it completely. Art lives in a completely different dimension,» Dmitry Gutov, Art Theorist


Setting global goals for accelerating scientific and technological progress

«When we promise the European community that we will make a quantum computer, we hoped deep down in our hearts that we will not make a quantum computer, we will make something else instead. As soon as we promised a quantum computer, it became boring,» Konstantin Novoselov.

Use of new forms to attract investment to the cultural and scientific areas

«In the digital age, the era of digital renaissance these connections are changing a lot. <...> For creative people, talented people who create some kind of emotion, some new meaning, some art piece <...> the technology today gives them completely unique and new opportunities to tell something and bring these emotions to a wide audience very quickly. <...> It is much easier to get financial support through attracting investments, through some kind of crowdfunding,» Vladislav Martynov, Member of the Supervisory Board, Ethereum Foundation

Artificial intelligence will accelerate the development of creative abilities of mankind

«Artificial intelligence will completely eliminate that monotonous work that stops us, which slows us down. Artificial intelligence will allow each person to use the creative part of their brain much more,» Dmitry Aksenov, Chief Executive Officer, Founder, DigitalGenius.

More detailed information is available on the website of the Roscongress Foundation information and analytical system.