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Kosmopolis 2004

As I was searching for a text of the Keynote Address I gave at the 2004 Kosmopolis Literary Festival in Barcelona, Spain, I found these photos on my web site.  Marcial Souto, an award-winning scholar and translator, introduced me and moderated post-talk questions.  

Kosmopolis was a large, exciting literary event with many vectors–among them a great exhibit about Julio Cortazar, an exhibit of paintings by Gao Xingjian, the author of Soul Mountain, and an exhibit about war at which I saw, for the first time, an Enigma Machine. 

Strangely chilling to think about all of the history that flowed from this encription device, including Turing’s breakthrough and his subsequent contribution to the field of artificial intelligence. 

I was honored to be invited to give the keynote address, which was about the possibilities of nanotechnology and the ways in which it links or may, in the future, link the sciences, engineering, and the arts.    Text, Goonan’s Keynote Address at Kosmopolis, Barcelona 2004 



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