The King and Queen of Spain closed yesterday in Seville the XVI Congress of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, organized by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and in which the delegations of the 23 Spanish Language Academies from all over the world participated.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia were accompanied in the act by the acting Minister of Economy and Company, Nadia Calviño; the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno; the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas; and the director of the RAE and president of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language (ASALE), Santiago Muñoz, among other personalities.
The Congress analysed, among other issues, the main problems of the Spanish language and the emergence of artificial intelligence in the language. The Spanish Language and Artificial Intelligence (LEIA) project was also presented, with the participation of Telefónica, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook.
During the closing ceremony, Felipe VI pronounced some words in which he praised the work of the Academies, which “work together in the defence of the unity and quality of Spanish, and take into account both the elements common to all Spanish-speaking nations and the particularities of each territory”.
He also celebrated “the perspicacity of those who have conceived the alliance between the great global technological companies and the RAE, with the adhesion of all the Academies that form ASALE”. “Establishing a global regulation on the use of Spanish by machines seems to me to be an exciting project” and even “has some refoundational”, he continued.