Challenges and solutions of the future: a lecture by Vladimir Pirozhkov at the Sochi World Robotic Olympiad

    Two weeks ago, the Sochi World Robotics Olympiad ended: World Robot Olympiad 2014 . ni404 brought some interesting materials from there, the most important of which is a video lecture by the famous automotive designer Vladimir Pirozhkov :

    Vladimir Pirozhkov, originally from Chisinau, studied at the Sverdlovsk Architectural Institute with a degree in industrial design, and completed an internship in the studio of Luigi Colani. He worked as a car designer for Citroën and Toyota. Since 2007 he has been working in Russia.

    Despite the fact that the lecture was given to an audience of school age, it will be interesting for adult geeks too. Say, the explanation given at the very beginning of the video, how innovations differ from modernization, illustrated by many examples, can save many people from further confusion in these two terms.

    Then Pirozhkov made a short excursion into the history of the aspirations and achievements of science in the 50s and 60s of the last century. From nostalgia for romance and past achievements, he turned to the challenges of the future: food, resource and demographic crises - and technologies that will be relevant in 20-35 years. He made a special emphasis on what problems and how Russia should solve it. In general, he acted as a great-power innovator - if you watch the video, then I think you will understand what I mean.

    Judging by his speech, Pirozhkov himself also decided to leave the path of modernization (i.e. the design of endless variations of the same four-wheeled vehicle) in favor of innovation: he spoke a little about the project of a hybrid car and helicopter, which should solve the problems of transport in our country. Unfortunately, we don’t know whether there is anything other than a couple of pictures behind this concept. If someone reading this post has the opportunity to connect Vladimir with us, then we will be happy to talk about it with him (write to

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