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Emeritus Glyndŵr University Professor meets President of Ireland

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November 23 2016

A Glyndŵr University Professor has been sharing his views on the future of computing with Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins.

Peter Excell, former deputy Vice-Chancellor and now Emeritus Professor at Glyndŵr University, met Mr Higgins at an International Symposium on Science and Technology in Dublin.

Professor Excell was a speaker at the event opened by the President of Ireland, who delivered a keynote talk around the social implications of technology.

Themes of his talk included how technology can be used positively to tackle global issues such as climate change and global hunger.

Prof Excell gave a paper, co-authored with Prof Rae Earnshaw, entitled "The Future of Computing – the Implications for Society of Technology Developments, Technology Forecasting, and the Kurzweil Singularity". He then chaired the second session on technological forecasting.

Prof Excell said: “The President spoke for about half an hour on highly relevant themes that were clearly close to his own heart.

“It was an honour to be given the opportunity to meet with him and speak about the work which Glyndŵr University is doing to contribute within the field of technology.”

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins said: “Scientific research and technological advancement generally play a critical role in our society and in our economy.

“Investment in science and promotion of science in education is a cornerstone of our economic policy and has played a central role in our economic recovery.

“But of course, science and its application through technology has an importance far beyond the economic and science is central to every aspect of our contemporary lives.”

Participants at the international conference came from a wide range of countries, notably North America and Africa. The event was held in the Grand Hotel at Malahide, north of Dublin.

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