World renowned scientist and futurist, Joël de Rosnay was in Mauritius in May. He hosted a symposium on the circular economy and sustainable development with Business Mauritius, an association that represents local businesses, among others. In this interview, he provides an in-depth look at major issues facing the business community and the public sector.
A man of many parts
82 year-old Joël de Rosnay moves through life with enthusiasm, keeping his passion for surfing alive as he continues to explore the world of advanced technologies, the digital revolution, the miracles of artificial intelligence, and futurology. This approach aims at anticipating the evolution of our society in order to prepare for a better future. He started his career as a researcher in the fields of biology and computer science, then became a lecturer and writer, while he developed the systemic approach of interlinking various disciplines such as biology, anthropology, cybernetics, economics or ecology.
His long career as a scientist includes a stay in Boston, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a researcher and teacher from 1967 to 1975. During the same period, he was Scientific Attaché at the French Embassy in the United States (between 1968 and 1964). He was also Director of Research applications at the Pasteur Institute till 1984, when he was appointed as Director of Forecasting and Assessment of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in La Villette, Paris. He subsequently became an adviser to the President of that institution.
He was also a Scientific columnist on Europe 1 from 1987 to 1995. CEO of Biotics International, his consulting company, Joël de Rosnay is the author of several scientific books intended for a wide audience. He wrote, among others, “The Origins of Life” (1965), “La Malbouffe” (1979), “The biological revolution” (1982), “Rendez-vous with the Future” (1991) and “Symbiotic Man, a look into the third millenium” (1995). « La Symphonie du vivant » was published in 2018 by Les Liens qui Libèrent.