As always, your favorite VIGATTIN (Victory In Governance And Technology Through Information Network) radio show had an awesome line-up of guests last Saturday, February 20, 2016, namely Thomas Neil Brill Wagan and Lope Doromal, the Brand and Communications Officer for External Relations, and the Chief Technologist of IBM Philippines respectively, and Christina Lopez, the Program Assistant for Gender and ICT of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA).
Also as my co-anchors were Leonel Fred Alea Ador aka Ads from AMA Online University and Mitchie Tabirao from 8Layer Technologies.
IBM Philippines discussed about Cognitive Computing and its possible applications to our everyday lives. We also tackled about IBM Watson, a supercomputer who once beaten others in a Jeopardy TV game show, and can now also function as an expert in Medicine with the role of a Doctor, and even concocting up dishes like a Chef just by letting it know what are the available ingredients on our fridge.
This technology is a lot bigger than mere Artificial Intelligence and it was an overwhelming experience knowing such a computer now exist. I could probably accurately say that most of the technologies from our Science Fiction movies are quickly becoming a reality. Both Lope and Thomas were all eager to share with us their knowledge and the bright hi-tech future we will soon be witnessing thanks to tech companies like IBM. Ultimately, the world, the universe rather, will continue to be "rewritten" in software code, while the "cloud" is now the new platform for digital builders.
Christina from FMA discussed about asserting communication rights. She introduced the AKSYON Violence Against Women (VAW) App and the reason why they developed it. Obviously it targets women users from the name itself. She also told us it will benefit those who are being bullied online because now there is another way to reach out and be heard. She believes women can act and advocate for their own dignity and rights when given the opportunity. You'll probably see her shout outs to look something like "Uphold our Internet Rights! In vast development of Information and Communications Technology, we should maximize it to empower ourselves! Assert our communication rights!" That's online activism where we take control of technology to fight gender-based violence.
See you again next Saturday for another awesome line-up of guests!!!