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Human Creativity in the Age of AI and The Mythical Mainframe

May 09, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that two more talks have been confirmed for Festival Day!

Dr Michelle Kasprzak is an artist, writer, curator, and educator based in the Netherlands. Michelle is Course Director of the MA Design at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. She has curated exhibitions across North America and Europe, at V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, Future Flux Festival, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, ZERO1 Biennial, and others. Her talk, Human Creativity in the Age of AI, will explore some key historical moments in terms of how human creative capabilities have developed alongside and with technological developments, and will also look at ways to frame this ever-present question of how to work with and make good use of these technologies.

Dr Herbert Daly is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science based at the University of Hertfordshire. He began his tech career developing software for large telecoms systems, before moving on to handsets and embedded devices. Herb first met mainframes while chairing a professional group for performance and capacity specialists. Fascinated by their role, their potential and the unique technology culture of critical enterprise computing, he encouraged his students to learn about mainframe technology. In 2018 he became an IBM Champion for System Z in recognition of his work with the mainframe community. His talk, The Mythical Mainframe: The unbelievable truth about the tech platform that keeps the global economy moving, will provide a brief introduction to the world of IBM Z mainframes, and will look at their current role at the heart of business computing, their origins and the special features that have led to their success as an ecosystem.

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