Carnival and critical humor, protagonists in the UMA Summer Courses in Vélez-Málaga

Carnival and critical humor, protagonists in the UMA Summer Courses in Vélez-Málaga

The Summer Courses of the University of Malaga have received on the second day held in the capital of the Axarquía two geniuses of humor, such as the well-known communicator and cultural manager Manu Sánchez and the chirigotero José Luis García Cossío, El Selu, one of the greatest exponents of the Cadiz Carnival.

The two have starred in a meeting in which they have deepened on the humor in its most vindictive and committed side, and have reviewed the long carnavalesque trajectory of El Selu, which has been taking out groups in the Carnaval de Cádiz for thirty years, with numerous prizes in its have of the Cádiz contest.

Thus, it was Sanchez himself who has served as master of ceremonies and has moderated the talk, proud to feel "wonderfully guilty" of having been able to share this new appointment with the University of Malaga with such an outstanding figure of the modality, to which He has declared to profess "absolute devotion".

Also, both comedians have taken the opportunity to claim the Carnival as a genre "with capital letters", usually undervalued, they said, for its satirical component. "That the University offers its hand to humor means that open-mindedness is a reality," commented Sánchez, acknowledging, along with the Cádiz-born author, that academic institutions are committed to themes that are not usually included in the programs curricular

Therefore, the two personalities have agreed to thank the UMA and its General Foundation the opportunity to develop this forum on Carnival: "I think that here the University of Malaga and the General Foundation have taken an important step to give specific weight to humor ", Has contributed the presenter and television collaborator, while the chirigotero lamented that this impulse was made first outside Cádiz, cradle of this party and epicenter of its splendor. "We hope this serves to open your eyes and let the Carnival enter the University because it really has a lot to say," he said, even showing himself in favor of creating chairs that deal with it.

In line with these demands, both protagonists have related during the meeting as they called in their beginnings to Selu, nicknamed as "the university" as an insult for his particular way of doing carnival. "At the beginning it was difficult for people to understand and connect with the code Selu proposed, with a transgressive and different way of writing," said Manu Sánchez, who also added that today it is necessary to reclaim folklore as a major art that serves as a «Perfect bridge» between the street and culture.

As for that characteristic and personal humor of Selu, the chirigotero's personal stamp, he has defined himself as "humor of corners", as his popular factor is essential, and he has confessed that one of his main sources of inspiration comes from everyday life: "People identify with my humor and Manu's because they are things that happen to ordinary people," he said.

In an entertaining and relaxed way, the talk has gone through the narration of Selu's own experience as one of the most outstanding and recognized figures of Carnival, from the beginning with the group that still conserves thirty years later until its last Carnival creation, the chirigota that takes by name «The quemasangre».

Also, the two interlocutors have told curious anecdotes and have been able to view and comment with the public some of the most remembered performances of their chirigota. The meeting concluded between the compliments to the protagonist of the session: "The Carnival has much to thank this man," has sentenced Manu Sanchez, a detail to Selu that he has rewarded playing the guitar and humming some of his lyrics.

The new Big Data revolution

On the other hand, Luis Alberto Barriga, social worker with thirty years of experience in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, has attended this time to the Summer Courses in Vélez to transmit basic concepts on artificial intelligence, new methods of working with data massive, usually known as Big Data, and the applicability of both to the field of social services.

In this context, he insisted that "we are very close to having interesting data volumes" that will be incorporated into social services in order to obtain "better results and impacts" that fulfill their "ultimate goal": to better serve people.

The expert explained that this technology predicts "specific behaviors" related to "social risks or the evaluation of social opportunities" useful for the application of certain care protocols.

"Supervised machine learning brings proactivity to the system, that is, acting before things happen," he added. In addition, these systems would allow "better matching" the performance of social workers and would be "tremendous utility for basic research in social exclusion processes, one of the most complex there is."

In this sense, he has described as "very interesting" the applied research to the social intervention, since the algorithms could identify groups that require intervention from large masses of data or even propose new models to serve the population.

However, the applicability of Artificial Intelligence to social services, according to Barriga, is accompanied by uncertainties in the great extent of fields that it can cover.

"Scientifically it is shown that algorithms work, the most complex part right now is to determine what are the treatments or the protocols applicable to cases to break the predictions," he clarified. He also pointed out that he is in an experimental stage and, therefore, "is not used systematically in any autonomous community". In addition, it highlights the basic need to incorporate "a sufficient volume of quality data" and the "same semantics" for its proper management and thus achieve the application of models and interpretive systems that will be "of help, support and assistance to the professional" .

On the future, the social worker is clear: "It is another revolution that is already impacting the entire world. It is to stay and to continue developing. The challenge for humanity as a whole would be how to support these changes in a human way and to be useful. Mistakes will be made, but we must be alert to use them for the best purpose. "

Finally, he warned that this technology will have a massive reach, but that it should be used in a "controlled and common sense" way since human intervention, since the objective is to work, according to a recent guide drawn up by experts from the European Commission. , with a reliable Artificial Intelligence focused on people ».

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