The closing lines from Aaron's poem "A Mythic Tail"
(from "Coastlands", Ethos Books Singapore 2014):
This too shall pass like a flick of tail, each moment
renewing itself in the waves at our feet
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At the Thomson Reuters RegTech 3.0 event today, our genial host Carsten Rosenkranz showed us a poem titled "Gate" that was composed by an artificial intelligence machine built by Thomson Reuters technologists in their Center for AI and Cognitive Computing. Read it here.
Subsequently, financial crime specialists Molly McQueen, Richard Carrick, David James and I had an enjoyable and spirited dialogue at the Future of RegTech panel. David steered the discussion most ably, so that the latest regulatory hot topics such as cybersecurity, data privacy and crypto schemes were covered. We all agreed that DLT technologies are here to stay and will continue to impact the world in yet unimagined ways. The regulation of money flows by governments should be undertaken with an eye to eradicate crimes against humanity such as drug and human trafficking and not merely to address market/ economic harms. The latest technological advances in DLT, AI, predictive analytics and such will help us to do things better and better. They may even help us to do things right. However doing the right thing in a difficult situation is predicated on people resolving to do so, and then acting accordingly. Big thanks to TR's Robin Lee who invited us! - Aaron
"If DNA is the code of life, poetry is the code of the human soul. Every feeling, no matter how ugly or arcane, can be found in poetry, and every feeling can be sparked by poetry. At the same time, poetry is more than merely a series of words put together to portray a person’s thoughts and feelings. Rather it is that extraordinary combination of thought, creativity and expression that seeks out the human condition."
"One day, people may not read poems. In an era of disruptive technologies, man may attain knowledge, even culture, by some other means. But not yet. With its gaze into the unimaginable futures that advance towards us apace, this anthology is titled Lines Spark Code— derived from the poem “Power Lines” by Marc Nair that is included in this book."
- from the editors' introduction to "Lines Spark Code" (ed. Christine Chia and Aaron Lee, Ethos Books 2017)
Aaron and Christine at the "Lines Spark Code" educators' seminar with Ministry of Education teachers, 6 March 2018
Watch the literary pioneer lecture "Not by Bread Alone or Choice" delivered by Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng at SWF 2017.
In the accompanying book, Aaron wrote these affectionate words of tribute about an eminent poet he regards as a mentor:
"I encountered Lee Tzu Pheng's poetry for the first time while a law undergraduate at NUS in the early 1990s. My writerly sensibilities then were entirely informed by the poetry of the Anglophone West I had read in literature class. In the NUS central library I discovered poetry books by a handful of Singaporeans. Dr Lee's poetry captivated me from the start: it was lyrical yet spare; insightful, nuanced and even spiritual. That year I plucked up the courage to ask her to read my poems. She offered important advice and encouragement that made it possible to publish my first collection of poems the year I graduated."
Lawyer-writers Elaine Chiew, Jeffrey Lim and I did a tag-team unpacking of the legal, ethical and commercial issues around typical publishing contracts for a room of fellow writers today. Sing Lit Station's Jon Gresham designed a study "The Strange Case of Mathilda Xi" (any resemblance to real life is disclaimed) for our discussion and ably steered it. We hope the audience found the workshop to be practical and helpful. Big thanks to Jon for moderating & Sing Lit Station for hosting!
I'm delighted to support the Singapore Writers Festival's education initiative, WORDS GO ROUND!
... is the subject of The A-List's video featurette, the latest in their "Dreams" series!
"Ola I ka Makana ma ke Akua" (Life is a gift from God), and Aloha is the gift that we bless you with this Christmas... it is such a honour to present Hula to many at Christmas festivals in the city, neighbourhood, in homes and everywhere!