Denis Ranque, former CEO of Thales and former chairman of the board of directors of Airbus, has just been elected chairman of the Academy of Technologies, a learned society bringing together 337 academics. A think tank that he intends to position as “The new trusted third party for citizens, in order to better understand the opportunities and risks of each new technology”. He explains it to “the Obs”.
You are elected president of the Academy of Technologies in the midst of the presidential campaign. Are you going to influence the debates?
The Academy celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. On this occasion, Tuesday 23 November, we will try to make his vision and points of view better known, with the publication of proposals on various subjects, which should be of particular interest to presidential candidates.
According to an OpinionWay survey we commissioned, the French are increasingly concerned about technology [41 % des répondants se disent inquiets, soit 3 points de plus qu’en novembre 2018]. They have this idea that in the long run, technology creates more problems than it solves. [54 % des Français le pensent, en hausse de 3 points].
The good news is that aside, the French continue to trust experts, especially engineers, to better understand this technology. And this is exactly the role we want for the Academy: to be the new trusted third party for citizens, in order to better understand the opportunities.
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