PhD student in the InSyTE laboratory, University of Technology of Troyes
Pauline Picot is a PhD student in the InSyTE laboratory (Interdisciplinary research on Society-Technology-Environment interactions) at the University of Technology of Troyes. With a background in mechanical engineering and philosophy, she attempts in her PhD to develop an analysis of techniques and their evolutions through the development of the concept of "techno-diversity". This approach is motivated by the constraint that the Anthropocene lays on us and our technologies: succeeding to understand humans and technological actions as part of terrestrial dynamics rather than through the inherited dualist thinking of technique vs. nature, human vs. environment, culture vs. nature, technosphere vs. biosphere. In that aim, "techno-diversity" - to be understood in analogy with "biodiversity" - must bring a thinking of techniques as territorialized, embedded in a natural, social, cultural complex context.