A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Edelman AI Survey (March 2019)

Born in the 1950s, artificial intelligence (AI) is hardly new. After suffering an «AI Winter» in the late 1980s, recent advances with more powerful computers, more intelligent software and vast amounts of «big data» have led to breakneck advances over the last several years mostly based on the «deep learning» breakthrough in 2012. Management consulting group McKinsey forecasts that AI will add $13 trillion to the global economy by 2030. Every day, there are headlines extolling the latest AI-powered capability ranging from dramatic improvements in medical diagnostics to agriculture, earthquake prediction, endangered wildlife protection and many more applications. Nevertheless, there are many voices warning about a runaway technology that could eliminate jobs and pose an existential threat to humanity.

This publication seeks to determine current viewpoints but also to compare perceptions of the public with those of people who work most closely with technology. This latter group is called the «tech execs» here as they work daily in development or deployment with leading technologies. The study shows that nearly 9 in 10 survey respondents from both groups believe AI is transformational, and that it is leading to a technological revolution. Both groups are generally optimistic about the long-term impact of AI though the results demonstrate that the tech execs are more so. This optimism delta between the groups was consistent across almost every question. Responses clearly show both groups expect AI to provide business benefits across every industry.

However, the survey also reveals some very real and troubling concerns. Majorities of both groups believe that initially, AI will eliminate more jobs than it creates and lead to greater income inequality. Some experts predict that AI technologies are going to displace about 40 percent of the jobs in the world. Strong majorities believe that the wealthy will benefit from AI while nearly half expect the poor will be harmed. Additionally, there are also concerns by nearly 70 percent about the potential loss of human intellectual capabilities. Furthermore, 7 in 10 respondents are concerned about growing social isolation from an increased reliance on smart devices.

The survey reveals the many positive benefits but also the potential that AI can be a powerful tool of division. Nearly 70 percent believe AI interjects greater possibilities for digitally enhanced «group think,» lessening creativity and freedom of thought. AI thrives on a lot of centralized information. As autocratic powers are able to access and leverage that content, they could increasingly control the levers of disinformation thereby further manipulating their populations. Adding to that, nearly half expect AI-generated ‘deepfake’ audio and visuals will further erode public trust in what is real, which could lead to societal disruption. Majorities of survey respondents said that technology companies must demonstrate transparency and social benefits with respect to AI operation.

Still, given a choice of words to describe how respondents feel about AI, «curiosity» wins out over «fear,» and this is what drives us forward despite the apparent risks.

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