The 10th World Computer Congress is being held at the National Concert Hall, Dublin where delegates will discuss the latest developments and challenges in the computer industry.
Organisers of the four day event expected 1,750 global delegates for the conference which has taken 6 years to set up. However, numbers were disappointing as fewer than 1,000 registered to attend.
The event has been plagued by problems.
A downturn in the computer industry and a devalued Irish pound, along with US fears of European terrorism, combined to cut the numbers registering to attend. Further cancellations stemmed from the possibility of South African involvement. The Apartheid regime currently in power in South Africa is not supported by the majority of countries or UNESCO, and any involvement in the Congress by South Africa would prove extremely controversial.
Reporter Kieron Wood speaks to Dudley Dolan of the Irish Computer Society and one of the organisers of the event, who states
There are no South African delegates registered.
It had been hoped that the conference could be used as a platform for encouraging computer companies to set up business in Ireland.
Coinciding with the conference is the IBETA Computer and Business Equipment Show which is on at the RDS, Dublin, offering delegates the opportunity to view the latest technology available. The star of this show is the latest in talking computers which can recognise up to 5,000 words and respond to spoken commands. Kieron Wood tests out this latest talking computer, which even has a few words in Irish.
An RTÉ News report by Kieron Wood broadcast on 1 September 1986.