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Russia 2045 – Strategic Social Movement
Russia 2045 is an interesting Russian initiative for the future. It wants to be more than that, a movement for a new paradigm, indeed a new ideology according to its Manifesto, organised around the creation of “working cybernetic organisms,” with Russia as leader. It is close to the Singularity idea, and, indeed, Ray Kurzweil featured as speaker during the Global Future 2045 congress held in Moscow from 16 to 20 February 2012.* The reasons for and objective of the Movement are well explained in the video (below) created for GF2045. The websites of both Russia 2045 and GF 2045 hold a host of very interesting articles and videos.
Russia 2045 was initially created on February 2011 by Dmitri Itskov, President of New Media Stars (also Domestic Limited-Liability Company incorporated in Las Vegas, Nevada), and includes Russian scientists in its initiative group. As an aside, it is also supported by an American actor Steven Seagal, who asked Putin to support the movement in May 2011.
According to the website, GF 2045 was supported by the Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting, the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting was founded on May 25, 2011 by the Academic Council of The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Its mission statement reads as follows: “The Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting (ECBSF) seeks to develop a unified and interdisciplinary history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity. It also seeks to develop system forecasting of social, political, demographic, ethnic and cultural processes at regional and global levels.” Among its tasks, one finds “political consulting,” which positions the Center firmly into the current scientific evolution, and shows a global effort endeavoured by science to take back its place as policy-making advisor, as also exemplified, in a different way, by the LSE-led Impact of Social Science Project.
The next GF2045 congress should be held during Spring 2013, in New York City.
* Ricardo K. Sulzbachwas @rkucerasulzbach initially mentionned GF2045 on Twitter.