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EC-HLEG Key Technologies, Toward a Sustainable Knowledge Society (Final, September 2005)

Funded under: FP6


In the advanced industrial countries growth and employment are increasingly associated with technological evolutions. These evolutionary processes imply anticipatory capabilities: what is next to come in the technological agenda?
This kind of anticipation is both exploratory and normative; it is at the same time supply pushed and demand driven. There is a continuous interaction between exploratory and normative views as they rely on human interpretations of historical trends giving content to both.
The EU Lisbon Strategy states long-term aims for European growth and employment, and when it defines a Sustainable Knowledge Society (SKS), it is stating a desirable and normative future for the economy and for society, a future to be matched with feasible technological developments.
The concept of an SKS is not utopic; it can be interpreted as a normal step in a process of social change started with the Industrial Revolution more than two centuries ago.

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