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Tech in Moscow #20 (18 - 24 January 2021)

January 25, 2021, 11:00 (UTC+3)|

The weekly observer of Moscow's tech stories


main news about Moscow's projects, developers and technologies

  • Fare payment system based on facial recognition Face Pay will be implemented at the ticket offices of the Moscow metro
  • Sberbank has filed an application to register its own cryptocurrency
  • First tests of unmanned flying taxis took place in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow
  • Charity service on the official portal of the Moscow Mayor and Moscow Government wins Big Innovation Awards


Ministry of Digital Development plans to conduct an experiment to replace driving licenses with QR codes

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  • Softline acquires 95% of Indian cloud services provider Embee Software (Cards of Softline)
  • Motorica, developer of prostheses, attracted $5.4 million for international development (Card of Motorica)
  • Skyeer, developer of a cloud platform for controlling construction using geospatial data, attracted investment for the development (Card of Skyeer)
  • The first resident of Skolkovo, Svetofor ed-tech project, entered the Moscow Exchange


researches, monitorings, reports and other analytics of Moscow and Russian IT market

  • Mindsmith: 74% of the world's central banks are interested in blockchain technology
  • ACRA: investments in the development of 5G in Russia until 2027 may amount to $13.5 - 15 billion
  • Google & RANEPA: effective digital transformation can bring Russia up to $520 billion


Russian and foreign regulation processes in 2020 received a strong impetus for development: American, European and Russian regulators published and approved new documents, standards and data in the AI field, countries formulated new global goals and objectives for the development of the technology.

ICT.Moscow talked with experts in the AI regulation, summed up the results of 2020 and found out about the possible vectors of development in 2021.

We are witnessing a change in the overall trend in regulation. Until 2020, the approaches to AI and its regulation were strategized, and every national strategy has a part on regulation and ethics. In some strategies it is a reference (paragraph or line), in other strategies - a section, and in some strategies it is a driving factor, as it is in Russia.

In 2020, we observed the next stage, when experts started developing detailed regulation - not the acts themselves were adopted, but approaches towards the regulation of AI were being thoroughly developed. We see that different countries in the world have developed documents that shape vectors in regulation for the next five years.

Andrey Neznamov 

Executive Director of the Data Research Center for Government Bodies of Sberbank

Many countries continue to create national concepts of artificial intelligence, megacities are creating strategies for the development of AI within the framework of smart cities. Thorough documents that contain specific approaches to the legal regulation of AI are also being developed. In general, regulators are paying increased attention to digital technologies and the Internet.

Ivan Buturlin

Head of Artificial Intelligence at the IT Department of Moscow Government

There have been many developments in the world regulation system this year. The first document on AI ethics - Recommendation on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence - is being developed at UNESCO. The Council of Europe is developing a document in the field of human rights in AI. Russia is actively involved in their development. The main global trends are shaped by the fact that more and more sites and platforms start to form a global position on AI.

Rustam Tikhonov

Director of the Department of Strategic Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia

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a showcase of some AI cases

Care Mentor AI 

Detection of longitudinal flatfoot using X-ray images

Speech Technology Center

Implementing a chatbot for processing requests from passengers of the Moscow metro


Implementing an AI-based system to optimize nickel recovery

More AI cases → 


discover people who stand behind the innovative companies and projects in Moscow

Anton Nazarkin, International Development Director of VisionLabs | LinkedIn

Nikita Arlazarov, CFO of Smart Engines | LinkedIn

Alexander Atamanov, Head of Hoversurf | Facebook | LinkedIn

Ilya Chekh, Founder & CEO of Motorica  | Facebook | LinkedIn

Grigory Bolotin, Co-founder of Skyeer  | LinkedIn

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