Who will own the Internet of Things
VM seminars
a decentralized polis or a global pharaoh?
Date and time:
Wednesday, March 13 from11am to 3 pm.
Moscow – invitations only
Virtual Metropolis is excited to invite you to our mini-conference to discuss: what Virtual Metropolis will produce and sell | how much it will earn | how the trillion-dollar IoT market will migrate to the Virtual Metropolis platform | whether Virtual Metropolis is for everyone (or for the few chosen ones) | which digital technology will be used to build Virtual Metropolis

Conference Program
Wednesday, March 13
Arrival / Welcome coffee
Virtual Metropolis: digital polis/material city
Introduction by Yefim Ostrovsky
Two types of matter in the communication interface? - аtomic-molecular and electronic-digital/semiotic"?
What is the space where institutions allowing citizens control over ubicomp can be created?

11:10 – 12:00
Session 1: IoT as a market and as an interface to the current human environment
Rob van Kranenburg, Yefim Ostrovsky
IoT as a market: Who is the actor of this market today? How fast-growing is it? What is the size of this market? Can producing 'brains' for things be located on a separate digital platform governed by democratic principles?
IoT as an interface/drivegear for the second nature — the human habitat of today ("Whoever ensures traceability, sustainability and security linking up the gateways is de facto and de jure the new power")
IoT as a type of RAI (remotely accessible intelligence): How to build one's remotely accessible intelligence — the transition to a thin client, 'brain production' for IoT on a separate digital platform — in Virtual Metropolis, how to make it an actor.
What does the virtual city need to be self-governed and independent and how can we achieve that (law, government, marketplace, what else)?
12:00 – 12:50
Discussion (session 1)
Key discussant: Stanislav Lakhtin

12:50 – 13:20
Coffee break
13:20 – 14:00
Session 2: Polis/city: big or small, for everyone (or for the few chosen ones), «old style corporate» or «truly open, public and inclusive»
Yefim Ostrovsky, Stanislav Lakhtin
What kind of actors are interested in the virtual city?
Who can use the virtual city to earn money?
Is the virtual city capitalized financially or intellectually?
Who is the virtual city's actor?
Which technology can be used to build a virtual city's architecture: pros and cons?
14:00 – 14:45
Discussion (session 2)
Key discussant: Rob van Kranenburg

14:45 – 15:00

Rob van Kranenburg
Founder of Council_IoT and #iotday
He coined The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to TalkDesigning IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. He works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet
Yefim Ostrovski
Political thinker, investor, entrepreneur
Founder of Virtual Metropolis
President of Alexander Piatigorsky Foundation. He is a consulting professor at the Higher School of Economics University (Moscow).
Efim Ostrovskiy created and led the very first projects driving transformative innovation to start up political strategy & PR markets in Soviet Union and modern Russia. He was a co-owner in Marussia Motors, developing first Russian luxury sport cars. Efim held diverse senior roles in the IT sector. He also established and headed numerous think-tanks in Russia for last 20 years.
Prior to Marussia Motors Efim Ostrovskiy founded and led GOST — a famous strategy consulting group.
Stanislav Lakhtin
Entrepreneur, CEO EduArea LLC
CEO, «Web Base Technologies« (WBT) LLC, 2008-2016
Vice-rector in information technologies at Regional Financial and Economic Institute, 2006-2012
CTO/Chief of the IT Laboratory at Regional Financial and Economic Institute, 2002-2006

Professional interests:
- Complex hardware/software systems
- Distributed and heterogeneous systems
- Embedded solutions