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Beyond technology

Mankind as an end, or the end of mankind?
  • André-Yves Portnoff
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 161)

Abstract

What we call a knowledge-based society is in reality a society based on intangible resources. Information is only valuable if it is structured in the form of knowledge that subsequently will impact society, when people decide to exercise their competences. Our society is dependent on all kinds of factors that determine our decisions and the efficiency of our actions. Passions and willpower are as much involved as knowledge itself. Creativity will become the critical resource restoring Man in a central position in society. Creativity cannot be mobilised by means of force. Therefore development is dependent on whether fundamental freedoms are respected. The digital revolution speeds up the evolution of the knowledge-based society. It may result in a form of development that might be aggressive to mankind and its environment. But it is also possible to promote a positive form of development, if we are able to show that the rules of the game have changed.

Key words

democracy management technological impact society 

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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • André-Yves Portnoff
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  1. 1.Observatoire de la Révolution de l’Intelligence at FuturiblesTour Défense 2000, A296SPuteauxFrance

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