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Did Putin endorse Gref's "pet project" for Russia?
Davos-friendly banker will help create a "new level of administration"
Herman Gref is CEO of Russia’s largest bank, Sber.
He is also a former (?) WEF board of trustees member who wrote the preface to the Russian-language edition of Klaus Schwab’s The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In 2020, Sber—which again, is a bank—played a central role in creating and distributing Russia’s unproven genetic COVID slurry, Sputnik V.
For the last several years Sber—reminder: a bank—has been busy developing AI and biometric technologies, with a special emphasis on deploying these modern marvels in schools.
All normal people agree that Herman Gref is a space lizard and must be stopped before it’s too late.
So imagine our surprise when Vladimir Putin applauded Gref’s “pet project” for Russia while speaking at an AI conference hosted by the Sber CEO in November:
Our next goal on the horizon of the current decade is to ensure broader introduction of artificial intelligence. It should penetrate all sectors of the economy, the social services, and the public administration system.
Mr. Gref and I spoke about this when he was still working in the Government, and it was Mr. Gref’s pet project – he never stopped talking about the need to transition to a new level of administration in general, as a whole.
What we are doing now, and what we will be doing, including with Sber’s support and using Sber projects, should definitely convince us that we are on the right track, I think.
We must be capable of achieving genuine technological, digital and, to a large extent, cultural, educational, and value-based sovereignty for Russia and our entire society.
Would you like a recent example of the kind of “cultural, educational, and value-based sovereignty” that Sber is creating for Russia?
Two weeks after Putin said Russia was “on the right track” thanks in part to Sber (Gref), the following report appeared in Russian media:
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Altai Territory confirmed in response to a request from Bankfax that the regional government received an offer from Sberbank to introduce an electronic control system in educational institutions in the region, which uses biometrics to restrict the entry of unauthorized and sick persons into institutions, and also identifies threatening behavior of the students themselves. […]
Sber reported about its developments in creating a digital system back in August last year. The company has positioned them as a comprehensive solution to ensure safety, comfort and an effective learning process. As follows from the description published by the press service of the organization, the technology involves the installation of an access control and management system in an educational institution.
[The system] automatically controls doors and turnstiles and grants entry to school facilities using facial biometrics (face identification) or a card, and also sends parents an alert about when the child came to classes and when he left them.
Sensors can even monitor the temperature of students - the system blocks the entrance of sick children. […]
Moreover, the complex also affects the education system itself, revealing the inclinations and interests of a particular student and designing a development vector for him.
The good news is that authorities in Altai have reportedly shelved the proposal.
The bad news is that similar systems—sometimes called “smart schools”—are already popping up across Russia.
Is Putin okay with this? Because it sort of sounds like he is okay with this.
What happens when biosecurity grooming becomes national policy? Curious minds want to know.
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