MOSCOW, March 1 (RAPSI) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual address to the Federal Assembly on Thursday that it is necessary to create a legal base for developing and increased use of artificial intelligence.

Currently, science, technology and skills set are the most important competitive advantage, according to the President. A progressive legal base is to be promptly established for using robot technology, self-driving transport, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and big data technology. This base must be regularly updated and have fluid approach to any kind of technology, Putin stated.

The President also noted that there is a need for supporting high-technology companies. Favorable working environment is to be created for start-ups and fast introduction of advance developments to manufacturing, he said.