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Dialogue session with French citizens on brain-machine interfaces & RRI

preliminary results - citizen dialogue in France

On April 22, 2017, we organised at Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (ESPCI Paris – PSL, Paris, France) a citizen dialogue on nanotechnologies, and more specifically on the role of nanotechnologies in the field of brain-machine interfaces (BCI). The dialogue scenario included a short introduction, the building of a « future object » by pairs of participants, the production of two narratives associated to each object, and finally a reflection on values, needs, and concerns, that emerged from this work.

We had 11 participants (6 women, 5 men): three young adults, 5 adults, and 3 seniors. The role of youngsters in the exercise of building an object was essential. In fact, their imagination and their futuristic visions allowed adults and senior to let themselves free to create and imagine in the first, creative part of the workshop. In fact, at first adults were blocked in the creation of an object, using as a justification for non-acting the lack of enough knowledge and information on such technical issue. The activity was somehow hard to begin. However, once the activity started, the whole group found its role, its posture, and everyone was very engaged in producing ideas and developing his/her points of view, concerns, expectations.



TRACES / Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

The Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (ESPGG) was created in 1994, as the public venue of the prestigious Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris. It was a dream and a realization of the 1991 Physics Nobel prize Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, and it took its name after his death in 2007. The ESPGG is situated between a street of the culture district of Paris – the quartier latin – and a highly renowned research institution – ESPCI, home of 5 Nobel prizes, from Marie Curie to Georges Charpak, belonging to the city of Paris.