Podcast #9: It’s Tech, But is it Art?

Julian Gough

Julian Gough

Brought to you by Blacknight, it’s The Podcast, Episode 8, with Conn Ó Muíneacháin and Michele Neylon.  Our guest this week is novelist and sometime rock star Julian Gough. Julian’s in the tech headlines after he was commisioned to write an ending for the online game Minecraft, but he reveals a tech sensibility which goes much further.  In fact, he’s criticised the Irish literary establishment for writing as if electricity had never been invented!

Having a writer on board is a chance for us to get the artists’ view of intellectual property piracy and we discuss the SOPA and ProtectIP legislation currently being debated in the United States.  There’s good news here in Ireland with the prospect of 1000 Paypal jobs and the rise of the Coder Dojos.  Ireland’s newest app developer sensation is just 12 years old!  (And he’s only been coding for 2 months!)

Not only are we growing our own geeks, we’re attracting them also.  The founders of the award-winning Profitero hail from Belarus, but they choose to base their startup in Ireland.

But we still can’t use Google music, or Amazon’s MP3 store for that matter.  Never mind, we can buy Coder Christmas Cards, and we can get exited about Google’s Realtime Analytics.

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