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Rise of the Russian Machines: UIMC Announces Artificial Intelligence Research Project

More than 30 companies and organizations have agreed to coordinate their research in the field of Artifical Intelligence and Big Data.

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United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), a susidiary of Rostec, which promotes the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for civil and defense sectors, has just launched a new research project in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and semantic data analysis involving over 30 Russian companies, educational and research organizations

"Artificial Intelligence is one of the major trends in IT development right now," said Alexander Kalinin, Director of the newly-formed Department of Innovative Development for the Defense Industry, to TASS. "We have repeatedly stressed that AI technology is far more dangerous than existing weapons systems."

According to Kalinin, Russia's main competitors in the field of AI are the USA and China, where corporations like Apple, Google, Facebook and Baidu are investing huge sums of money in such projects. Therefore, Russia urgently needs to catch up, Kalinin said.

"In the US, this trend is financed by DARPA, IARPA, In-Q-Tel, and about 20 other specialized venture capital funds," Kalinin continued. "In our country, these technologies are just beginning to develop, however the process of their creation is gaining momentum."

Kalinin said that Russian firms have already made significant developments in machine learning and Big Data technologies. "By processing large data sets, computers can learn to understand the morphology, syntax, semantics of words and entire texts. Using this "knowledge", computers can search the Internet and data sets for news articles, documents and other information to increase their abilities," Kalinin explained.

Machine learning systems are able to solve the most serious of analytical and applied problems in various fields, Kalinin said. These include business, law enforcement, healthcare, education, science and others.

TASS said the following organizations are participating in the project: The Higher School of Economics, The Russian Academy of Sciences Computing Center, The Research and Testing Center of Biometric Technology at MSTU, Pacific State University, Yaroslavl State University, Volgograd State Technical University and the Central Research Institute of Economy. Also participating are several privately-owned companies in the fields of information services, software development, energy and law.

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