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Igor Iankovskyi: Don't ignore the path of innovations
It is amazing to witness the speed of technological expansion of today's world. The innovations became an integral part of contemporary times. They are unstoppable.
The predictions made in 2000 became reality almost fully in 2010. The next pier of predictions, for example by Raymond Kurzweil, does not surprise anybody: their fulfillment is just the matter of time. The Earth's 85% Wi-Fi coverage in 2021, self-conducting cars already in 2033, massive use of 3-D printers to produce human organs with their further transplantation as of 2031, structural changes in human body inducing its extra options in 2043 – all this doesn't seem to be out of touch with reality anymore.
The backgrounds and prototypes of all the above mentioned innovations already exist, undergoing constant improvements of their performance in order to be included into the life of people.
Innovative approach – is the evolutionary path already chosen by the mankind. Due to the progress, the life expectancy is improving year by year. People living for 100 years are not a science fiction anymore. We make corrective eye surgeries, install highly-technological prostheses. Average life expectancy has doubled in past one hundred years, and this indicator is growing further.
The innovative revolution has already happened and accepted by the mankind. Accepted it from the in-depth, it is already a part of us. Unfortunately, in Ukraine we hear only the echoes of the innovative progress that is in full march in the globalized world science community.
I would like to underline two important circumstances:
Due to the modern technologies and unprecedented access to any kind of information, any talented person could become an innovator, inventor, and experimentalist. The main problem of Ukrainian innovative field is the lack of cohesion with modern scientific clusters.
With the efforts of Ukrainian volunteers, it is became possible to reinstate the spiritual comfort of the army, then – to provision it with all the needed, including the repair of the old and disabled soviet appliances. While the State has been consolidating its efforts, the active part of our society was able to find and apply the innovative resources to arm Ukrainian soldiers.
In lot of ways it was the initiatives of the volunteers that Ukraine was able to create modern drones during the two war years, covering the path that took decades in other countries. And now, the production of highly-technological and multi-functional drones will be covered jointly by "Ukroboronprom"
I rest reassured, that it is the technological domination that could become the new national idea for Ukraine, that could enable us to smash any enemy that threatens our territorial integrity.
We need a solid legislative base that protects the intellectual property. Because of the lack of it we almost have no innovations. When the intellectual property is protected, nobody will have to leave the country to patent their innovations abroad. This field has to function properly in our country. And if this becomes possible, the investors will be automatically interested in our scientific cluster and integrate it into the global context.
In order for innovations to apply themselves in the life of society, it has to modernize itself. And the process of such modernization has to occur on the level of inclusive horizontal interconnections.
I am sure, that the business along with the scientific society should be the main drivers of innovations. The more active communication platforms – is the better. It is important for the social institutes to develop the innovations, because the society could articulate in the best way the current needs. "Live" communication on such platforms will undergo between the scientific and business communities with further inclusion of State figures.
Ukraine should not ignore the path of innovations. Moreover, we have all the needed components for the successful journey on it. Those are the circumstances themselves who dictate the only exit from the current complicated situation – to find and develop our unique technological and innovative openings.