Should we fear the algorithm

Last evening (1st May 2019) I attended a very inspirational event at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin around creative writing and artificial intelligence. I knew most of what they were talking about, but it was amazing to hear it from the real experts in both the creative writing field and IT. When I did my degree in Spanish and IT from 1993 to 1998, no one thought that the two sides of the brain could mesh. The IT department said that a language student could not understand IT, and the language department said that an IT student could not understand languages. I already spoke reasonable Spanish. It was not without its problems, especially on the computer architecture side and I resorted to my lovely ex partner Brian Sparks to help me. He would have made a wonderful lecturer. The lecturers at London South Bank University were just amazing in their own fields, in particular Professor Fintan Culwin and Dr. Xristine Faulkner. People of vision. They accepted by the end of the first year that I could actually understand computer programming, even though I had never seen it in my life before. The Spanish Department were less open minded about the whole thing.

I digress. The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin surpassed themselves last night by putting on this event. Algorithms and artificial intelligence, data mining, data handling, data manipulation through information systems. What is it exactly that writers do… they write, they are creative, they think in different ways, in general, to scientists. At the end of day it is all about words and binary ones and zeros.

This was the second technical event I had been to this week… on Wednesday morning I was in Belfast looking a the new breed of apps. Just amazing.

I am honoured to be a member of the Irish Writers Centre. It is a fantastic organisation. The Inkslingers group is well worth the trip from Belfast every Saturday.

Thank you Orla and everyone who runs the Centre.


Published by Wild about Spanish, History and the Environment

Freelance writer and Spanish tutor working in Ireland and Scotland. BSc in Computing and Spanish, Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Economics, Policy and Risk, Diploma in Journalism. With 16 years experience in Scotland, we are well placed to assist with tourism development.

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