'Game of Thrones' actor Liam Cunningham just gave a weird press conference about the technology industry
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The Irish actor, perhaps best known for playing Davos in "Game of Thrones," gave a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in the media area of Irish technology conference Web Summit.
Taking to the stage with no real introduction or opening remarks, Cunningham proceeded to answer a number of broad technology-related questions from the assembled press.
At one point, a journalist asked: "Are you involved in startups?"
He responded: "No, I'm an actor."
The Q&A kicked off with a question about the decision to move Web Summit to Lisbon, Portugal.
Paddy Cosgrave, the CEO of the event, has been critical of the Irish government - today accusing it of telling "lies."
Cunningham was similarly critical of the Irish government over the relocation of the event, one of the largest technology conferences in Europe. "The entire government needs to get down on its knees and beg Paddy [Cosgrave] to return."
Discussing Apple's renewed efforts to break into the living room with the recent launch of the new Apple TV, Cunningham was positive, saying "the competition is quite healthy." But what lies ahead? "Where it's going to go, you're talking to the wrong person."
The actor is enthusiastic about Apple products, remarking that "I'm a fan of Jonathan Ive."
Twitter? Also a fan. It's a "good place to see what is going viral and what the zeitgeist is."
The tech industry is "a bit anarchic right now," but Cunningham is optimistic: "Hopefully the cream rises to the top." But he also recognises the threats that new technology poses, and took the time to criticise the actions of Western spy agencies. "You only have to look at what the NSA and GCHQ are doing with technology to realise it's not all a good thing."
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