The ongoing Tata Literature Live!, as usual, is serving up a feast of ideas with speakers and opinion-shapers who have audiences hooked. Here’s a sampling of those making waves…
A researcher in the fields of AI and computational neuroscience, Dr Emma Byrne’s fascination with the way our bodies shape our behaviour led to her first book: Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language. Writing for The Guardian, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Elle Magazine, she regularly appears on the BBC and Sky News in the UK, speaking about AI or Swearing.
Sessions: Swearing is good for you, Imagination is an algorithm
Socio-political activist and founder-member of MKSS (Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sangathan) and NCPRI (National Campaign for People’s Right to Information), Aruna is President of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW). She was the 2016 Professor of Practice at McGill University ISID, Montreal, Canada, and was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the TIME Magazine in 2011.
Sessions: Scorched earth, The RTI story
Indian film actress of French descent who is known for her work in Hindi films, Kalki made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2009 critically acclaimed Dev.D. She subsequently featured in commercially successful films, while also working in offbeat projects like Margarita, with a Straw (2014) and Shaitan. She has written, produced and acted in many stage plays in India.
Session: Code of conduct
Zurich-based writer, actor and musician, Daniel made a name for himself a playwright. His plays were invited to various festivals and got staged in Germany and Switzerland, Austria and Argentina. He won the prize of the Swiss Society of Authors, while his first novel Land spielen was released to critical acclaim.
Session: Land Spielen
Once a computer scientist, Dilip now writes for his suppers: about political and social issues, travel, sports and mathematics. His writing has won him several awards, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize. He has published seven books, most recently “Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number”.
Session: Simple equation