Russia 2045

Last updated: February 13, 2013

Russia 2045, also known as the "2045 Initiative" or the "Avatar Project" is an ambitious long-term project that aims to build robotic avatars by 2020, perform brain transplants by 2025, and create artificial brains by 2035.

The project was launched in 2011 by Russian media mogul Dmitry Itskov. He aims to create a global network of scientists who work together for the benefit of humanity and the unhindered advancement of technology.

A number of scientists in Russia already have their research funded out of Itskov's personal wealth. In addition, Itskov is attempting to start a global movement and to win further funding from wealthy individuals, benevolent companies, and national and international governments.

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offices opened in New York and San Francisco during 2012.

introductory video.

The name "Russia 2045" comes from the year 2045, Ray Kurzweil's date for the Singularity.

Itskov claims to have hired 30 researchers in Russia — all of them paid out of his own deep pockets.
plans to open two American offices in 2012 (New York and San Francisco?)

Russia2045 and Neurobotics

avatar announced at singularity summit - ~1 year before March 2012
he wants to develop a non-military project

kurzweil says timescales are reasonable
not just one project, but thousands of little steps (every new iPhone, etc.)
lots of efforts will get us to the goal

Itskov wants to help change the world with technology
and to think about his plan before he even knew what
the singularity was

his motivation is humanitarian
science and business come secondary

under-the-radar and camera-shy person who makes things happen

develop a strategy to overcome international predjudices
that prevent technological progress

He wants to:
worldwide network of scientists and to draw attention to tech issues
to initiate global discussion
to significantly increase number of scientists involved
make it big and international

expects to open offices in Europe and Japan and other countries who are willing

Biography of Dmitry Itskov

Biographical details:

Dmitry Itskov attended PRUE, the top economics university in Russia. He started in around 1998 and graduated in 2002. In 1999, during his second year of studies, he founded Newmedia Stars. This is an online media company that has a hand in the following websites:

  • - a Russian online newspaper, founded in 2000, one of the first major domestic websites
  • - in English: "The View", another Russian online newspaper, founded in 2005
  • - a Russian-language web portal

The slogan for Newmedia Stars, as translated from Russian, is "Corporation of original ideas".

Research groups

Russia2045 and Neurobotics

"rebrain" project - reverse engineering the brain
lead by
Witali L. Dunin-Barkowski
russian professor of neuroinformatics
seems to be involved according to:
has 21 staff (or wants to)
Preliminary phase (2011-2012)
Operating phase (2013-2015)
by end of 2015 will elaborate full detailed description of the human brain
and in the years 2018 to 2020 make a full working analog of the brain

Timour Shchoukine (Shcukin)
 Shchukin Timur Nikolayevich
skype: stimurid
"2045" Initiative Coordinator in Russia
artificial human body controlled by a neurointerface

Lots more people involved and their research areas, listed here:

"We expect to create a laboratory at SPBSPU (St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University),
SPIIRAS (St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences),
and TsNII RTK (Central Research and Development Institute for Robotics and Engineering Cybernetics);"
 - Director and SPBSPU professor - L.A. Stankevich

Funding - 
Itskov published an open letterto the Forbes world's billionaires list telling them that
they have the ability to finance the extension of their own lives up to immortality.
He writes that he can prove the concept's viability to anyone who's skeptical and will
coordinate their personal immortality projects for free.

billions needed
and to come from private sector and governments

he already has commitments from big business
 - they're not interested in profit, but doing good
and also he's spending his personal money

russia 2045 founded in February 2011
It's a non-profit charity
aims to get support from big business and government (national, and international)

Global Future 2045

GF2045 website launched DECEMBER 24, 2011:

Launched with a three-day conference in Moscow in February  17-20, 2012
500+ futurists attended from all over the world

Next conference is in New York, June 15-16, 2013


  • - Singularity 1 on 1 interview
  • - Ray Kurzweil's comments about Russia 2045
  • - intro, 7m, april 2012
  • - dmitry, 2m, feb 2012

People involved
  • ...
  • Homepage:
  • Twitter: (active)
February 2012 conference review by Ben Goertzel: (although he didn't actually attend) "it's unclear just how much actual work is going in Russia on right now and to what extent the "Russia 2045" movement serves an active R&D role, versus a visionary and publicity role. most of the concrete science and engineering work at the conference was presented by scientists who had made their breakthroughs outside the context of the “Russia 2045” project; whereas Itskov and the other Russia 2045 staff were largely oriented toward high-level visioning.