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Webinar 1 – Faced with New technologies: Opportunities and Risks for Humanity

8 April à 17 h 30 min

Forum Opening 

Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Stefania Giannini is also an advisor to the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Former Senator of the Republic of Italy, Stefania Giannini was Minister of Education, Universities and Research.

Honorary President of the International Catholic Center of Cooperation with UNESCO (ICCC)



A priest of the Order of Preachers, Eric Salobir is a consultant to the Holy See in charge of media and digital technologies. He is the founder of OPTIC Technology, a network that strives to place the human at the heart of technological development. Author of “God and Silicon Valley” (Dieu et la Silicon Valley, Buchet Castel, 2020), a reflection on the ethical issues related to technological innovations.

Faced with New technologies: 
Opportunities and Risks for Humanity

Round Table :

Health for Tomorrow:

Doctor of medicine and science, neurologist and neurobiologist, Hervé Chneiweiss is director of research at the CNRS and laboratory director at Inserm. Passionate about the ethical questions raised by progress in research, he is a member of ERMES, the Inserm ethics committee. Author of “Neuroscience and Neuroethics: free and happy brains” (Alvik, 2006).

Society and our Freedoms:

Professor of philosophy at the University of Paris 1, Jean-François Braunstein is currently researching the history and philosophy of biological, medical and human sciences in the 19th century, as well as the history of French epistemology. He is the author of “La philosophie devenue folle : le genre, l’animal, la mort” (Philosophy gone mad: gender, animal, death), (Grasset, 2018).

Economics and Society, Needs and Aspirations:

An economist, administrator at INSEE and Inspector General of Finance, Michèle Debonneuil is the author of « Espoir Economique – vers la révolution du quaternaire » (Economic Hope – Towards the Quaternary Revolution), (Éditions François Bourin, 2007) and “La Révolution quaternaire” (The Quaternary Revolution), (Éditions de l’Observatoire, 2017).She defines this new “quaternary” sector.


Docteur en Philosophie morale, expert en Éthique anthropologique et Enseignant-Chercheur, Emmanuel Leclercq enseigne l’Éthique appliquée à l’Intelligence Artificielle. Il est Président du cercle de pensée Devenir pour agir et auteur de Petit Éloge de la Vérité (Les Acteurs du Savoir, 2020), L’embryon qu’en dit l’Église (Éditions Téqui, 2015). 

Testimonials: To what extent can the law change humankind: finality, methodology, example (connected objects)

Magistrate, Christian Byk heads the International Association of Ethical Law and Science and the Science Ethics Committee of the French Commission for UNESCO. A specialist in international law and science and technology law, he was Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and responsible for the drafting of the European Convention on Biomedicine and Human Rights.

Questions & Answers – Orientations

Simultaneous translation available


8 April
17 h 30 min

Cette publication est également disponible en : Français (French)

Cette publication est également disponible en : Français (French)