What will Moscow become in the digital future? Muscovites will choose the most useful technology for their capital

What will Moscow become in the digital future? Muscovites will choose the most useful technology for their capital
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
Anyone interested can share ideas about high-tech development in Moscow’s future on crowd.mos.ru from 1 to 10 August.

Muscovites have been invited to share their ideas about the main directions for digital development in the city and the technology that is expected by 2030. The discussion is open on crowd.mos.ru and will last until 10 August.

Officials at the Moscow Government’s Information Technology Department said that Muscovites can leave their comments in the sections Smart City, Technology of the Future and Strategic Initiatives. They can also express their views on the further development of seven strategic initiative areas: healthcare, education, culture, transport, the urban environment, housing and utilities, the social sphere and the Open Government system.

The public will have an opportunity to question experts from the Moscow Government and large IT companies. They can address their questions to Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Moscow Information Technology Department Artyom Yermolayev and his Deputy Alexei Chukarin.

Website registration is required to take part in the discussion. The most interesting user proposals will be included in the Smart City 2030 programme (some items will be removed at the request of Moscow residents). A series of webinars with the concept’s developers and high-tech experts will be held during the discussion. They have been published on the site for crowdsourcing projects. Specialists will answer questions from the public during live webinars.

The capital’s digital strategy, Smart City 2030, has been earlier discussed with the software development community, communications providers and entrepreneurs in the ICT industry. Over 20,000 experts, businessmen and representatives from city agencies took part in the discussion. About 500 proposals have been submitted for this project.

Eight categories of smart technology will be used in the introduction of the new strategy: artificial intelligence, 5G internet, virtual/augmented reality, the Internet of Things, blockchain, 3D-printing, neurointerfaces, and big data. All of these can be used in different areas of urban life.

Smart technology will help Muscovites save time and make their lives more convenient.

“Virtual reality technology and VR-glasses will make it possible to go on excursions to museums and see exact copies of real display items without leaving home. Teachers will use 3D printing to create models of the planets and stars, insects, birds and prehistoric animals from plastic volumetric chemical molecules. This will make classroom study much more interesting. Artificial intelligence will make meter reading and utility bill payments automatic, without resident participation, said officials at the IT Department press service.

The city’s crowdsourcing platform has existed for four years now. The public’s suggestions have made it possible to improve medical services in outpatient clinics, develop a standard for children’s rest and create new surface transport routes, to name a few. Users have suggested about 80,000 ideas through the programme, including 2,700 that have been accepted.