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Yves Stourdzé et les réalisations du CESTA

Abstract : CESTA (Centre d’Études des Systèmes et Technologies Avancées), headed by Yves Stourdzé from 1982 to 1986, was an advisory body to the French Office of the President, yet its history is not widely known. The centre was intended to monitor technological developments, to aid in decision-making, and to fa­cilitate the exchange of information about advanced technologies. This article sets out to review the achie­vements of this government body, which was dissolved in 1987. Involved at the outset in facilitating and evaluating the results achieved by the working group “Technology, Grows and Employment”, which was created following the Versailles summit conference, it developed the European project of technological cooperation named EUREKA. In response to the U.S. Defense Department’s invitation in March 1985 to take part in the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), or "Star Wars" program, launched in March 1983 by Ronald Reagan, François Mitterrand suggested setting up a collaborative European project oriented towards civi­lian research and technological innovation. Between March and June 1985, Yves Stourdzé and his team drafted a white paper, La Renaissance Technologique de l’Europe, linked to the launching of the EUREKA programme. In this article we will examine 1) the run-up to CESTA and the role of the Group of Ten and Jacques Attali, 2) the involvement of Yves Stourdzé and CESTA in the activities and results of the TCE working group and in the conception of the EUREKA project, and 3) the role of CESTA in the development of cognitive science in France.
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Brigitte Chamak. Yves Stourdzé et les réalisations du CESTA. Quaderni, Éditions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 2016, pp.11-24. ⟨10.4000/quaderni.952⟩. ⟨hal-03479961⟩



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