Recherche, sciences, techniques

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Brazil: Scientific and Technological Prospects

Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is also the world's 11th largest economy. However, its relatively recent growth has not been accompanied by the investment needed to modernize its economy. The government in Brasilia is aware of this weakness and is now devoting an increasing share of the country's gross domestic product to research and development, as well as to diversifying its sources of energy. Brazil is also developing its aircraft and space sectors, activities that are a luxury of the richest countries.
Rémy Lestienne, a researcher with the French state research organization (CNRS), describes the extent of Brazil's achievements and its plans in these areas. He highlights the successful results of past investment, in agriculture and above all in energy, since Brazil appears to have understood the importance of not being dependent on others for energy supplies sooner than many Western countries. Yet much still needs to be done, especially in creating wider access to education and to technology. Brazil must also ensure that its development does not damage the biodiversity of Amazonia. In addition, Rémy Lestienne regrets the fact that the tradition of scientific and technological co-operation between France and Brazil has recently been allowed to lapse - a partnership that both countries would benefit from reviving.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Les conséquences de la bataille des microprocesseurs

La culture des dirigeants et le type de management des hommes peuvent influencer les résultats opérationnels jusquíà remettre en cause une situation d'hégémonie historique comme celle d'Intel. S'étant enfoncé dans une impasse stratégique faute d'avoir écouté ses techniciens, Intel devrait continuer à céder du terrain devant AMD. Les options techniques díIntel ont entraîné une surconsommation énergétique équivalant à plusieurs tranches de centrale nucléaire par an. La progression d'AMD dont les processeurs consomment beaucoup moins d ...

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

The Posthuman World. Review of Rémi Sussan, "Les Utopies posthumaines"

The last few decades have been marked by breathtaking technological progress that raised great hopes but also generated certain fears for the future of the human race. Futuribles has regularly provided a forum for debate about such issues, ranging from cloning to technology convergence or transhumanism.
In this article, Geoffrey Delcroix looks at one aspect of the interactions between science and society: the ideas and theories about the posthuman world that have been developed over the last century, based on Rémi Sussan's book, Les Utopies posthumaines. Contre-culture, cyberculture, culture du chaos (Posthuman Utopias. Counter-culture, Cyber-culture, Chaos-culture, Sophia-Antipolis: Omniscience, 2005, 288 pp., website www.omniscience.fr). He offers an overview of the history of posthuman scenarios, from the pioneers of New Age to cyberpunks or chaos-culture via the neurochemical revolution, showing that the human imagination knows few limits when it comes to increasing our chances of immortality.

Revue

Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Wageningen and the "Food Valley". The Challenge of Clusters of Excellence Combining Research, Training and Business

In 2004-2005, the French government decided to stimulate innovation in France by - among other measures - creating special clusters across the country which would promote synergies among firms, education and training, and research. Just over 60 clusters were chosen from among the applicants, in many diverse fields, ranging from aeronautics to information technologies, via biotechnologies, etc. Several of the clusters were specifically geared to the farming and food industry, such as the Fruit and Vegetables cluster at Avignon.
Michel Dodet, vice-president for international affairs of INRA (the French Institute for Agricultural Research), examines at the food sector, in particular the successful Dutch experience at Wageningen, the Netherlands' Food Valley. He first looks in detail at the origin of the Food Valley and the way it operates, then turns to the Avignon cluster, before highlighting the key factors behind the success of the Food Valley, which might be helpful in France. Finally, he discusses the limits of this experience, in particular the lack of a shared vision of the long term and the risk of emphasizing access merely to existing knowledge at the expense of investment in research (in the long run). Consequently what is needed is a judicious mix in the "ecosystem" of initial participants ready to share their strong points in order to improve their competitiveness along with the political will to intervene so as to organize and develop the resulting cluster.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

The American Space Shuttle. Analysis of a Strategic Error

It was against the background of the technological rivalry between East and West during the Cold War that the United States launched a programme in the early 1970s to build a space shuttle. In addition to affirming America's technological superiority, the aims of the space shuttle were to put commercial satellites into orbit and, in the longer term, to build and use an orbiting space station (which became in time an international venture).
Several incidents occurred in the course of the Shuttle programme, two of them sadly resulting in the death of the whole crew: Challenger (in 1986) and Columbia (in 2003). André Lebeau looks back on the various strategic errors in the design of the Shuttle and in the launch operations that led to these disasters and to the fact that the programme is now more or less bogged down.
After a discussion of the technical reasons for these setbacks, he highlights the unfortunate interplay of financial constraints and pressures to perform that led to dangerous decisions being taken (linked in part to the growth of real international competition). Lastly, he stresses the way that the running of such a programme encounters technical, economic and political obstacles and delays that make any change of direction both slow and complicated.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Le Web est plébiscité !

L’expression Web 2.0 désigne l’évolution du Web vers des services donnant la possibilité aux utilisateurs de personnaliser leur façon d’utiliser les réseaux numériques, d’agréger des contenus, des applications, de collaborer, de valoriser un très grand nombre de données ou de petites transactions, de prendre la parole en ligne.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Le PC à 100 dollars nous concerne

Le pari de Nicoholas Negroponte (MediaLab du MIT) et de l’association One Laptop Per Child (http://laptop.org/en/) de fournir un ordinateur portable à bas prix aux enfants des pays émergents au travers des écoles, ne concerne pas que le tiers-monde. Les conséquences sont de quatre ordres.

Note de veille

Recherche, sciences, techniques

Le haut débit sans fil, service public ou prestation commerciale ?

Aux États-Unis, mais aussi en Europe, de nombreuses initiatives tendent à la mise en place de vastes réseaux haut débit sans fil. L’économie de ces nouvelles infrastructures de communication est diverse : service public gratuit, accès payant ou financé par la publicité, les opérateurs et leurs commanditaires développent des modèles variés et ne visent pas tous le même public.

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Teleworking in Perspective

In recent years the information and communication technologies have flooded Western households (personal computers, cell phones, the Internet, etc.), sometimes helping to blur the boundaries between professional and private life. Against this background, has teleworking (working at a distance, working while travelling or dividing time between home and office) increased in the industrialized countries?
Anne de Beer sets out the regulations governing teleworking in France, in Europe and in the United States, and presents the results of various surveys carried out in these areas that give an idea of how widespread the practice has become. Whereas in the United States 24.6% of those with jobs do some teleworking, this is true of only 13% of those working in the 15 (pre-enlargement) members of the European Union, with wide regional differences (the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries are far ahead of southern Europe). On the basis of these surveys the author shows what the benefits of teleworking are for employers and employees, and which factors are likely to promote or restrict its spread.
Quite apart from its potential economic and organizational advantages for firms, teleworking also relates to some social choices such as quality of life and job satisfaction for workers, as well as to more macroeconomic factors such as employees' productivity and environmental protection (energy savings and reduced traffic pollution).

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Internet and Business. Review of the Yolin Report

Is the spread of information technologies, above all the Internet, an asset for businesses? If so, do they make the best use of the opportunities these technologies offer? How is the situation likely to change and therefore what new opportunities are likely to present themselves? Do firms in France know how to seize them and do the authorities know how to encourage them?
These are among the questions that Jean-Michel Yolin has tried to answer every year since 1997 in a report to the French Minister of Industry. Here Gérard Blanc shares the main conclusions of the report published at the end of 2005, presenting the current state of technology and the emerging trends, as well as showing that French firms have still not made the most of all the inherent opportunities.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science Policy and Freedom to Conduct Research

As scientific progress becomes ever more rapid, it is essential for those engaged in research to take the time to look critically at the activity itself, its purposes and its potential consequences. However, as Pierre Boistard argues, researchers have less and less time to devote to such issues or perhaps lack the right tools for the job. For this reason, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) set up a working group in 1994 on "Sciences in questions", one of whose main aims was to help clarify the current debates about science and research in an accessible and attractive form.
The lectures arranged by the working group were originally intended only for researchers working for INRA, but they were later published as a series under the same title. The success of this series confirmed the need for such reflections on the relationships between researchers, science and society. Pierre Boistard presents here the origins, working methods and aims of the working group, as well as the main debates that it has organized. Lastly, he discusses the value of such reflections for scientific foresight studies.

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Vendeurs de relations contre opérateurs de télécommunications, suite

Un conflit est en train d’éclater entre les opérateurs classiques de télécommunications et les Google, Yahoo! et autres e-Bay. Ces sociétés nées avec Internet développent un modèle économique basé sur l’offre de services gratuits incluant la téléphonie, rentabilisés par la publicité et le commerce, qui déstabilise des opérateurs dont le métier est — encore — de gérer des tuyaux et de faire payer les utilisateurs à la minute de communication.?

Note de veille

Recherche, sciences, techniques

Quaero, un moteur à la recherche de son dessein ?

Janvier s’est écoulé sans que l’Agence de l’innovation industrielle (AII) présente, comme cela avait été annoncé depuis décembre, le projet franco-allemand Quaero, moteur de recherche multimédia. Quaero devrait d’ici le printemps être labellisé et recevoir 200 à 400 millions d’euros par an sur cinq ans (Google a investi 327 millions de dollars en recherche et développement sur les neuf derniers mois de 2005) ?

Revue

Recherche, sciences, techniques

The New Look of Computing

Pierre Bonnaure surveys here the different trends that are changing the world of computing today. He starts by recalling that Moore's Law - which for more than 30 years has predicted that the density of microprocessors (i.e. the number of transistors integrated on a single silicon chip) would double every 18 months - might well reach saturation point quite quickly. He highlights the various innovations under way or in the pipeline from most of the manufacturers of processors (Intel, IBM...) in order to cope with these limits and improve computer architecture. Lastly, he assesses the impact of these changes on the main producers of computer hardware and software, and the shifts in strategy of the main players in the sector.

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

Voyages : plus de 10 % du CA par Internet

Faits : Les Européens vont effectuer 11,3% de leurs achats de voyages en ligne en 2006 (9,5 % en 2005), selon le Center for Regional and Tourism Research danois. Les Américains ont déjà en 2005 dépensé 65,4 milliards de dollars US pour réserver 30% de leurs titres de voyage en ligne (+25,5%/an) d’après PhoCusWright. L’influence d’Internet dépasse ces chiffres car beaucoup d’achats conclus par les voies traditionnelles sont préparés en ligne. Selon une ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques - Société, modes de vie

La Diffusion des TIC dans la société française

Cette sixième édition annuelle d'une enquête réalisée pour le CGTI (Conseil général des technologies de l'information) l'ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes), actualise le panorama de la diffusion des technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC) dans la société française. L'équipement en TIC des Français Le double équipement téléphonique fixe-mobile concerne une majorité de personnes : 83 % des adultes. La baisse de l'équipement en téléphone fixe entamée depuis 2000 semble ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

Prospective TIC 2026

Cette étude a été commandée à l'une société d'études et de conseil (Markess International) spécialisée dans l'analyse de la modernisation et de la transformation des organisations par les technologies de l'information (TIC), à l'occasion des 20 ans de l'entreprise Prosodie, et elle a pour objectif d'interroger l'avenir des TIC à l'horizon des 20 prochaines années, en s'appuyant en particulier sur des entretiens avec des directeurs des systèmes d'information. L ...

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Recherche, sciences, techniques

The Future of the Internet II

En 2005, l'institut Pew avait publié la première partie d'une étude globale sur Internet, focalisée sur l'avenir à 10 ans d'Internet et les innovations techniques (The Future of the Internet: in a Survey, Technology Experts Evaluate Where the Network is Headed in the Next Ten Years. Washington D.C. : PEW, 2005). Dans la deuxième partie de l'étude, l'institut a interrogé 742 « experts » (plus exactement, des leaders, activistes, constructeurs et commentateurs d'Internet, catégories il ...

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Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Technologies clés 2010

Tous les cinq ans, le ministère de l'Industrie commandite une étude sur les « technologies clés » à l'horizon des cinq années suivantes. En 1995, il y eut donc Technologies clés 2000, et en 2000, Technologies clés 2005. L'analyse de ses précédents et un benchmark des projets équivalents à l'étranger ont permis au ministère d'évaluer ce qu'il fallait changer dans ce projet, et l'étude Technologies clés 2010 a été abordée sur un angle relativement différent ...

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Chapitre recherche, sciences...

Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.