There’s probably a clue in the company name. But SmartDec really does have a lot of big brains working out of its Moscow headquarters! This week, we wanted to introduce you to their team’s Chief Research Officer Alexander Chernov Ph.D. He’s another key member of the team developing the Digitex Futures exchange, working to bring it to you as soon as possible. Check it out.
Q&A with Alexander Chernov PhD
As Chief Research Officer at development and security firm SmartDec, Alexander developed the SmartDec decompiler. He’s also a lecturer at higher education facilities Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics.
With so much on his plate, he’s clearly passionate about what he does and is teaching new generations of students to work in this game-changing technology. From his job title, I somehow imagined Alexander spending his days trawling through books or entrenched in his computer. So, what does being a Chief Research Officer actually means? He replied:
“As you may guess from the job title, the job description includes bossing around the people in research matters! Another important part is providing meaningless and confusing advice fulfilling the role of a scientific adviser. Frankly speaking, I’m still not sure that this is exactly what I want to do, but desperate times call for desperate measures.”
A Sense of Humor Is Key in Team Work
Although his answers were written, I could feel Alexander’s sense of humor and perhaps a smile as he replied to my question. One thing I’ve learned since working with SmartDec’s team is that they like to hold their cards close to their chest and not reveal everything at once.
So, what does a typical day look like for Alexander (apart from bossing around the underlings)?
“Aside from a lot of procrastination, or, should we say “thinking and researching” a typical day includes lengthy meetings with staff and external partners. Occasionally it gets down to work: coding, writing docs, etc.”
I suspect that being part of a successful team and getting to Ph.D. level while lecturing at two universities involves an awful lot more than procrastination. But it’s nice to know that Alexander doesn’t let his immense intelligence go to his head (so to speak).
What Does Alexander Think About Emerging Tech?
So what were his first thoughts when discovering Bitcoin and blockchain technology? To that he ruefully replies:
“It was not me who discovered Bitcoin. So sad. But here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that. This was and is still are my thoughts on the topic.”
And regarding any other emerging technologies that he thinks hold promise, he says:
“I’m not much of a prognosticator, much less than Punxsutawney Phil anyway. But I feel that we should follow the white rabbit: synergy between augmented reality and neural interfaces may eventually become Skynet… oh, sorry, the Matrix!”
That’s his cheeky Russian humor again, so, perhaps my next question is rather fitting. I ask him if he hadn’t worked in IT, what other career he would have liked to have pursued. He says:
“When I took a career aptitude test I got two results: Erudite and Dauntless. Sir, yes sir!” I think perhaps a small part of him would like to have been a stand-up comedian instead. When Alexander is not at his keyboard, he enjoys playing–with other keyboards.
“I have a couple of other keyboards, 88-key monochrome.”
Many thanks to Alexander for taking some time out of his daily procrastination (and hard work) to speak with us! Also for all the time he’s dedicating to our project!
In the meantime, we know that most of you are dying to hear more details about the actual status of the exchange and a timeline for launch. We still can’t reveal further details until we have full confirmation from SmartDec’s founder. But, keep checking our blog–we’ll have some good news to share very soon.