INTERVIEW WITH WORLD BIZ MAGAZINE 2018 SME CEO of the Year - Telecoms Industry.
6 BILLION REQUESTS PER SECOND: Kolk Group operates in the field of VOIP technologies and software development. It has created a new standard of communication between the businesses and consumers. We talk about his background in Russia's space and entertainment industries, and how Kolk is answering tomorrows questions.
Kolk Group is a company that creates fundamental technologies of today and tomorrow."
Please share with us your background and some of your career highlights.
I graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute, worked in the space industry and studied the Analysis of Complex Systems. My first business project was the Tonex Company, we organized concerts and major shows and festivals. We had a television program on Channel 4 of Russian television "Immortal Warrior", dedicated to martial arts. Having earned my first set of capital, I created a telecommunications company that was successfully sold. After that I worked in the US - it was necessary to gain experience and get more knowledge. In 2002 I registered the company Kolk Group, Inc. The company was quickly engaged in business, together with partners we worked successfully and in 2006 decided to try ourselves in the creation of new IT technologies. We had been in the making for quite a long time, since 1998 we have been fond of mathematics and physics.
In our free time we had been engaged in research in the field of creating new mathematical algorithms. And in 2006 we completely stopped work in the company and started developing the ChIWAO platform with the decentralized database of QuickDeepDate, investing the money earned earlier in this new project.
"The most important thing for a leader is to create goals for the whole team that will be of interest to everyone. Since in our area it is impossible to interest significant mathematicians or physicists with just money, I need something more - and to this day I manage to offer something more to my brilliant scientists."
What makes a great leader?
The leader is first and foremost a huge responsibility. The leader should know everything about his partners, his scientists and programmers - about their hobbies, family, problems, shortcomings and virtues. It is very difficult to give someone advice about how a leader should be, I'd rather just talk about myself. I'm always friendly. I never raise my voice. I always listen to all opinions from all my partners, physicists, biologists, mathematicians and programmers. I accept any criticism. I always acknowledge my mistakes first, if any. But I always make decisions independently, and the decision-making process is always very difficult and painful. Very rarely are good decisions made easily and quickly.
The most important thing for a leader is to create goals for the whole team that will be of interest to everyone. Since in our area it is impossible to interest significant mathematicians or physicists with just money, I need something more - and to this day I manage to offer something more to my brilliant scientists.
"Artificial intelligence is more a philosopher's substance. Do not confuse artificial intelligence and systems with neural connections and Deep Learning. Should artificial intelligence be managed from the outside? Or should it be completely independent?
Should our world adopt a set of laws - a kind of constitution for the artificial intelligence of the future? So far, there are no final answers to these questions."
Tell us about Kolk Group and some of its innovations.
Today we live in a networked communication world. The digital transformation of all processes occurring in the world becomes inevitable due to evolutionary processes in physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry and other sciences. The Kolk Group team was engaged in basic research in the field of decentralized databases long before the organization of the company and all of the last 16 years after the company was established. We have integrated the work of the decentralized database with today's communications, storage and secure data transmission. This is something without which today no company can exist, and, perhaps, the world as a whole. We, indeed, stand somewhat apart from other companies in our area. This is mainly due to the fact that we perceive today's blockchain, as possibly a dead-end path of development, or we can say that it is more tortuous, but at the same time fully in solidarity with those who carry out the decentralization line as a whole, and not only in our society that exists around us, nature, but also in the galaxy.
Tell us about your involvement with AI.
Turning to the issue of Artificial Intelligence, I want to say words of gratitude to the vast community of scientists who have been engaged and are now engaged in the study and promotion of this truly grandiose topic. Names such as: Jeff Dean (computer scientist), Eric Bonabeau, Marco Dorigo, Guy Theraulaz, Igor Aleksander, Ken Forbus, and many more. Artificial intelligence is more a philosopher's substance. Do not confuse artificial intelligence and systems with neural connections and Deep Learning. Should artificial intelligence be managed from the outside? Or should it be completely independent? Should our world adopt a set of laws - a kind of constitution for the artificial intelligence of the future? So far, there are no final answers to these questions.
These questions are discussed today by Elon Musk and the leadership of Apple, Google, Facebook. No clear answers yet. Obviously only one thing is clear: that these issues have matured, and our future will depend on their solution. But the question - do we need artificial intelligence? - you can answer: -Yes, of course! We need it for the solutions to a huge number of challenges - ecology, nutrition, transfer, accumulation and use of information by succeeding generations - thereby victory over death in the Philosophical plan, development of near and far outer space, unification of the peoples of the earth into a single society, solving real issues of lifespan, and much more. We understand all this and work with great care in this direction. For example, Artificial Intelligence is also, first and foremost, a decentralized structure. We are perhaps one of the first today that created the core of a multidimensional decentralized structure - the Decentralized QuickDeepDate database.
"Artificial Intelligence is also, first and foremost, a decentralized structure. We are perhaps one of the first today that created the core of a multidimensional decentralized structure - the Decentralized QuickDeepDate database."
What is your vision for Kolk Group?
Kolk Group is a company that creates fundamental technologies of today and tomorrow. These technologies will allow us in the next 6-7 years to get to the creation of artificial intelligence, so that our society could move beyond the Earth's atmosphere and begin systematic mastering our solar system and galaxy. To solve these truly daunting tasks, our QuickDeepDate will soon be able to provide a large set of tools. This long-term planning and research of production, the optimization of continuous processes in petrochemistry, in steelmaking, in the creation of new alloys and new unique materials and long-term forecasting of supply and demand for different market segments. We also plan to create a new computer architecture and a new processor architecture, and to create a universally and highly secure OS.
What challenges do you face in realising your vision?
One of the most serious problem is to convey to the users the essence and significance of the current changes in the entire technological sector as a whole. To highlight the main and weed out the secondary and dead-end branches of development. Today's terminology is such that concepts that are completely different in terms of relevance and effectiveness of technology have an absolutely identical description. It is very difficult for the user to understand in which case these descriptions are confirmed by real scientific research and really represent revolutionary technologies, and in which they are only populist or marketing moves and are aimed only at collecting money from investors who are also influenced, like ordinary people by mass propaganda, advertising and aggressive marketing. This can be seen in the case of many joint-stock companies, which always have a conflict of interest in their work between investors and people creating new technologies. The investor always wants constant growth - and this is a very big mistake - constant growth does not stimulate, but kills the development of new technologies - the result of the activities of such companies is always an unexpected decline and the loss of the leading place in the global market. For successful work, you always need to look for a compromise. In the search for this compromise our QuickDeepDate will help - it will help to optimize Technological direction and engage only in what will in the future give the greatest effect of growth in the market, i.e. will focus only on those technologies that will strengthen the company and help it to fight with competitors.
"We are working today at the junction of three large market sectors – Telecommunications (unified communication, including corporate and private messenger, Decentralized Databases with secure storage and transfer of any kinds of files), the creation of artificial intelligence systems (this includes a new decentralized OS, new architecture of computers and processors, the transition to quantum communication and quantum calculus.)"
Tell us about the direction of your industry.
We are working today at the junction of three large market sectors – Telecommunications (unified communication, including corporate and private messenger, Decentralized Databases with secure storage and transfer of any kinds of files), the creation of artificial intelligence systems (this includes a new decentralized OS, new architecture of computers and processors, the transition to quantum communication and quantum calculus.) One of the problems facing the industry today, in our opinion, is the replacement of the existing VoIP protocol with a new one - more productive and secure. Today's possibilities of this protocol are almost exhausted. The international community is working on this problem and we hope that in the near future new, much more productive and safe protocols of data transmission, voice and video can appear. We, in turn, also work in this area - for example, our QuickDeepDate will allow users to transfer images of 3D computer graphics without rendering. This will make the work of designers and specialists in computer graphics much more effective. Also, we should not forget about the speed of the database itself.
QuickDeepDate will withstand more than 6 Billion requests per second. Constantly moving forward; we see that almost tomorrow we will be able to offer the market the following services using deep semantic analysis and processing and analysis of structured and unstructured data:
1. Strategic planning - where and what technologies and products to create, taking into account and a deep analysis of international and domestic supply and demand.
2. Revision of today's opportunities of industrial enterprises and holdings. Optimization and increase in efficiency.
3. Control over cash flows of the enterprise, holding and bank.
4. The forecasting system for enterprises for the production of new products.
5. Analysis of international markets.
6. Analysis of financial risks (for banks, large holdings and various investment and hedge funds).
7. Identification of the most advanced trends in science and production.
8. Identification of the most effective and competitive technologies and ways of their implementation and monetization in international markets.
9. Formation of new international markets for new technologies, goods and services.
10. Recommendations for expanding the processing of raw materials in conjunction with the forecasting of both the depth of processing, and specific materials and markets. Control, optimization and forecasting of the results of continuous processes in petrochemistry and steelmaking.
How important is sustainability to Kolk Group?
Corporate social responsibility is essentially one of the functions of our QuickDeepDate. We closely follow the internal atmosphere in our company and try to make decisions that will not adversely affect the external world and the social community.
What is your favourite motivational quote?
"Do not look back, whoever aspiring to the stars" by Leonardo da Vinci.
Find out more: www.kolkgroup.com