On February 4–5, 2021, the Business and Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Moscow held the IV Russia-Belarus Scientific and Practical Conference «Designing the Future. Digital Reality Issues».
The event was organized jointly by the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Deputy President and Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Ivanov delivered a welcome address on behalf of the Russian Academy of Sciences. «The first conference was held in 2018, and back then, we did not quite realize what would happen over these years. Yet, even back then, we had already decided on our principal subject: looking beyond the horizon to see how our science, our society and our country will develop. During this time, we have formed an excellent, tight-knit community of Russian and Belarusian scientists», Ivanov noted in his speech.
The Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Vladimir Gusakov, also sent a welcome address to the conference participants in which he stressed that humanity is now living in the digital age and has many opportunities to meet its needs. This, he noted, may be conducive to achieving the sustainable development goals. On the other hand, it could result in ethical and moral degradation.
The conference attendees discussed a wide range of interdisciplinary issues: the digital economy; cryptocurrencies; developing artificial intelligence and computer-mediated reality; the digitalization of education; virtual reality and its impact on the human psyche and personality; climate risks; temporal socio-mechanics; the arts in the new era; mathematical modelling; and predicting the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.