"Exciting times ahead"

The Icelandic delegation is fighting for a place for the …

The Icelandic delegation is fighting for a place for the Icelandic language in the digital future. Ljósmynd/Facebook

The Icelandic president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his delegation are now on the West Coast in the United States where they have met with a number of Big Tech companies. Their main goal is to demonstrate to the Technology sector that the Icelandic language should be included in the development of new language technology solutions. That would mean you could communicate in Icelandic with computers and other technological gadgets and thereby ensuring that the Icelandic language has its place in the digital world.

"We are united in our fight for the Icelandic language and there are exciting times ahead," says Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Culture and Business Affairs on her Facebook page today. She adds that in order to secure that Icelandic has its place in the digital future all hands need to be on deck and already there have been wins in that process with the participation of the public, scientists and entrepreneurs.

"When we visited Apple we heard that there are few nations ahead of Iceland in developing new language technologies. That tells us we are on the right path. Everybody from the software engineers to the linguists are a part of this project. The Icelandic government also brings a lot to the table in the the form of funding and investing in the technological sector. It is very exciting to feel the positivity we are seeing here and I am optimistic that we will see results. We are getting off to a great start."

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