An IT expert told about postpandemic system of total control is the elimination of banknotes

economists estimate the devastating impact of the pandemic on the global economy. The consequences of her compared to the great depression 30-ies of the last century. However, many forget that the same 30-years – period of the fantastic pace of industrial development in the USSR, when some in the industry for a few years has doubled its production volumes.

the Leading expert in the field of information technology, one of the developers of the domestic operating system “Alt”, the General Director of “Basalt SPO” Alexey Smirnov believes that a pandemic could accelerate the development of information technologies and services in our country.

Alexei, because of the pandemic, there is a global economic problem. But some experts see advantages in this situation for information technologies. They are right?

-Information technologies as other industries have felt the crisis on its own. But in the long term, the crisis will lead to the development, especially industries with high added value, which include IT-sphere. But the role of industries based on exports of natural resources may be negatively impacted.

-What are IT segments really gain momentum and new opportunities for further development?

-an Additional impulse will be given to segments of big data processing, artificial intelligence technologies. Increase the value of support systems for remote operation and support of local hardware.

-whether a forced experience on remote different experts to become a trend and a trend? In this case you will need from IT services and IT-telecommunications?

-the Trend of working remotely were before. Was even adopted the relevant amendments to the Labor code. But now this experience will be employees and the organization, which primarily work remotely avoided. In our specializing in the programming of the company, incidentally, has long been deployed infrastructure for distributed authoring and technical difficulties with the transition to remote work arose.

However, personal interaction and not via video-conferencing, and full – time- still very important. It is not a question of technology, and socialization, personal contacts.

Our company annually conducts two conferences: “free software Developers” and “Free software in higher school”. There organized a video, but we do not broadcast online to gather participants for personal communication is very important.

In China after the pandemic started talking about having to abandon paper and metal money, which is a vector, in favor of the cryptocurrency. As far as Russia is ready for this step in the IT sense?

-Technically it is possible, if only to forget about the places and regions to work with��NYM level. But I think that the Russians will treat this cautiously. Our memory is not one of loss of Bank deposits by the population. Now a citizen without a mobile phone is actually limited. Is it better to increase dependence on global information systems? Not sure.

Distributed systems are often much more reliable centralized and cash is just a distributed payment system.

Pandemic struck the world trade due to the closure of borders and restriction of movement. The Russian market of IT-products hurt? There is a reduction in supply from China and other countries? If this is reflected in the program of the digital economy?

-China is quickly recovering production. Some high-tech production with a high degree of automation is not closed.

a Significant blow inflicted by the Russian IT-industry decline of the ruble, since all imported products and components much more expensive in ruble terms. Many computer manufacturers are simply not ready to participate in tenders for public procurement at the old prices.

-There is a chance for the domestic electronic industry to regain share of the market of computer hardware?

Yes, there is a chance to take some market share. And this question is not technical but political, as connected with the decrease of technological dependence. We develop a good enough processor, great efforts are being made for the development of domestic electronic products. But we must understand that we are talking about creating separate productions, and the whole industry.

we provide in our operating system, “Alt” support for different hardware architectures, including the majority of domestic processors.

-Now the universities and schools were forced to transferred to distance learning. Here, too, perhaps, have room for growth and in what direction to develop?

-in our country, distance learning is used. Call projects such as created by Anatoly Shkred, the products of “NES” and “mash” for schools, there is an interesting practice in various universities. There is finally publicly available foreign resources.

But distance education entails a large restructuring of how teaching practices and regulatory framework. For example, accreditation of educational institutions still requires adapted for occupations of the room. Even for organizations engaged in online learning!?

is China in the fight against the pandemic has shown the world the enormous possibilities in the use of databases for tracking of infected and exposed to them. We have like this?

-Now everywhere will inevitably occur Integrati�� various data necessary for contact tracing of infected and to control the movement within the quarantine. Is data services, banks, surveillance systems, transport systems. This would create a system of total control, which is likely to remain after the epidemic. Many have no confidence in such a system in terms of safety of personal data and lack of abuse.