Chairman Quarterly Editorial
Myriam Mérad,CNRS Reseach Manager has to be thanked for chairing the Risk Conference program committee as well as the other committee members. The program proposed was of high quality with top level participants. All the participants to this two days conference have to be thanked.
The next IMdR Info issue will detail this demonstration.
Gérald Bronner, sociology teacher and Technologies Academy member together with Etienne Klein, physician and science philosopher, Research Manager at CEA and Technologies Academy member have honored us by beginning each of the two-days session.
Gérald Bronner told about contemporary fears propagation in a totally unregulated information world. Etienne Klein proposed a historical and philosophical thought around the words and concepts « progress » and « innovation ».
Gérald Bronner and Etienne Klein wrote in May 2016 a Technology Academy report so called « Risk perception: a stake for Science and Technique. »
In this report authors remind that one cannot foresee one’s acts consequences: In the field of science and technique, one can quote innovations which at the end have adverse effects : asbestos for instance widely spread due to noticeable thermal properties. In fact, it is impossible for those who innovate to bring the complete proof of risk absence.
After this consideration, in the name of Precaution Principle which becomes Suspicion Principle one is lead to refuse any progress by lack of absolute certainties.
However, Sciences and Techniques have allowed undeniable progresses for mankind considering by example duration and quality of life in developed countries.
The question is then raised: how to innovate without knowing by advance all the innovation consequences?
I wish you all happy 2017 festive season and best wishes of health, happiness and success for 2018 year.
Philippe Le POAC