Our study group organizes its work around the following questions:
- Digital Revolution and Democracy;
- Innovation, Technological Progress, Social and Environmental Transformation;
- Transformation and Development Leadership.
The choice of these issues stems from their increasingly powerful impact on our specie and our societies. It is also explained by their relative absence from mainstream political debate. Our generation is rising to political maturity in times when profound transformation is looming as a result of the Digital Revolution and the convergence of NBIC technologies (Nanotech, Biotech, ICT, Cognitive sciences). The consequences of this technological explosion represent a turning point which fundamentally alters the very fabric and the balance which have governed hitherto our main "social contracts" (freedom, security, equality, solidarity and social progress). All indications are that the coming decades may print an indelible mark on the future of humanity. Paradoxically, the interests of short and long term have probably never been as intertwined as politically divergent...
Sisyphos gathers a variety of profiles (political sciences, business, law, industry, academia, science and technology, civil service, prospective and future studies, consultancy, public affairs...). The goal is to empower our group to address the questions selected comprehensively and innovatively:
- by multiplying angles of approaches and prisms of analysis;
- by diversifying frames/cycles of study in space and time;
- by triggering synergies and expanding our network for the benefit of all members.
Based in France and in India, our group's objective is to analyze the fields listed above, comparing situations, stakes and public policies in both countries. We also aim to participate in enhancing cooperation between Europe and India on these essential matters. India and France are in situations profoundly different and at the same time highly interdependent. Globalization is fast growing ties stronger and increasingly diversified. On the one hand, India is a re-emerging global power in search of a model of balanced growth and development capable of modernizing and projecting its unique social model in the 21st century. On the other hand France remains an enduring pillar of the European Union, which strives to maintain its rank among the world powers by reforming / renewing its socio-economic model.
In both countries, the digital revolution and, more generally, the technological explosion create fantastic opportunities as well as serious threats. The resulting transformational mix pervades the economic, social and political spheres at lightning speed, regardless of borders and cultures, without anyone able to convincingly synthesize its substance, let alone its long term implications in a global environment.
In both countries, the perception of technology as a tool for growth, development, empowerment, modernization and transformation is driven by radically different cultural mechanisms and socio-economic fundamentals. In an epoch of real time interdependence, this difference of perception translates into a worrisome approach to "technological risk management". Further, it derives into a preoccupying management of the technology "risk vs. opportunity" yield at the global level and on the medium and long-run.
We believe that a continuous analysis of the three targeted questions rooted in pragmatism and interdisciplinarity can add value to the debate and can inform the work of decision makers and practioners in France, in India and elsewhere.