Hay Festival Segovia 2021

The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 16 to 19, 2021. For the first time, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region. All events will be in-person — some will be streamed too — respecting the security protocols. More information here.


Event 17

Nerea Luis Mingueza and Francesca Bria in conversation with Miquel Molina

Technological humanism against the excesses of artificial intelligence

Venue: Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Madrid
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The dizzying progress of technology has boosted social well-being and favoured economic development, but it is also infringing on rights that, until recently, we viewed as inviolable. A biased use of artificial intelligence, facial recognition and robotics can increase inequalities and invade citizen privacy. This concern has given rise to a critical current that can be defined as “technological humanism”. The question is, is there still time to correct the undesirable effects of technological development?

This panel will consist of Nerea Luis Mingueza, Doctor of Artificial Intelligence and holder of a Medal of the Order of Civil Merit; and Francesca Bria, President of the Fondo Nazionale Innovazione and Member of the Board of the New European Bauhaus. The debate will be moderated by Miquel Molina, Assistant Editor of La Vanguardia and writer.

Presented by María Sheila Cremaschi, MBE, Director of Hay Festival Segovia.

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Event 21

Carme Riera, Nuria Barrios, Javier Sierra and Javier Díaz de Olarte in conversation with Daniel Fernández

Robot writers? Art in times of algorithms

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Technological advances are influencing many areas of our lives, including the way we read and the way writers approach their work. Will the role of the writer change in a world dominated by the algorithm? Will robots replace them? These matters will be debated by the writers Carme Riera and Nuria Barrios, the novelist Javier Sierra and the copyright specialist Javier Díaz de Olarte.

The writer and RAE scholar Carme Riera has a long career as an essayist, novelist and short story writer, in literary, crime and historical fiction. She has received many awards, including the National Literature Prize, which she won in 2015. She writes in both Spanish and Catalan, translating her own works, books that include In the Last Blue, Naturaleza casi muerta, Tiempo de inocencia and Vengaré tu muerte, her latest.

The writer and translator Nuria Barrios (who translates into Spanish the writings of the Irish author John Banville) began her literary career with the novel Amores patológicos. She publishes poetry (El hilo de agua, Ateneo de Sevilla Prize; Nostalgia de Odiseo), short stories (El zoo sentimental) and travel writing (Balearia). With her collection of stories Ocho centímetros she began a trilogy that includes the poetry book La luz de la dinamo and her latest novel, Todo arde.

Javier Sierra is a journalist, novelist and short fiction and essay writer. He has worked for a range of publications and has directed programmes for the media. In 2017 he won the Planeta Prize for his novel El fuego invisible. In 2006 one of his works, The Secret Supper, was included on The New York Times bestseller list. El mensaje de Pandora is his latest novel.

Javier Díaz de Olarte is a lawyer and head of the Legal Department at the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights (CEDRO). He regularly lectures on Master’s programmes related to intellectual property and collective management, and has contributed as an author to publications on these and related topics.

They will talk to Daniel Fernández, publisher and President of CEDRO.

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