Recent scientific developments in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly in what is called “deep learning” has led to a renewed interest in the possibilities of applications of new algorithms to a wide range of fields (medicine, industry, automotive, etc.). This mirrors the fervor for technological progress already observed in the previous decade with nanotechnology and genomics. Discourses linked to these technological advances are typically framed in terms of an inevitable technological future that has, however, yet to unfold. Such discourses are even more prevalent when a given technology is viewed as a liberating force or a means to revolutionize human and social life.
Konrad is Assistant Professor of Anticipation and Assessment of Emerging Technologies at the University of Twente. She studies the role of anticipation in innovation, reaching from an analytical interest in the role of expectations and socio-technical futures in research, innovation and its governance, to intervention approaches, such as foresight and socio-technical scenarios.
Joly, economist and sociologist, is Directeur de recherche at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in France. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Director of the IFRIS (French Institute for Studies of Research and Innovation in Society) and of Labex (Laboratory of Excellence) SITES. Since then, he is the director of LISIS (Interdisciplinary Lab on Science, Innovation and Society) at Université Paris Est. His research activities focus on governance of collective risks, socio-technical controversies, the use of scientific advice in public decision making and the forms of public participation in scientific activities.
Organizing committee: Martine Foisy et Daniel Letendre (CIRST), Guillaume Dandurand (University of Sherbrooke), Florence Lussier-Lejeune (UQAM)
Scientific committee: François Claveau (University of Sherbrooke), Guillaume Dandurand (University of Sherbrooke), Yves Gingras (UQAM), Vincent Larivière (University of Montreal), Mathieu Marion (UQAM), Marie-Jean Meurs (UQAM), Florence Millerand (UQAM), Éric Montpetit (University of Montreal)
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