What moves me
The trial and error of humankind have created dramatic changes since we first learned how to make fire. Some of them exploded into our consciousness causing considerable fear. Others, however, were pursued for decades until a glimmer of light was seen for the first time. Nevertheless, all of them share one feature in common: any of them could be used to solve the timeless dilemmas of our history or they could have led us to a point of no return and catastrophic end. It seems that both could be true and both have got us to this point in history where we find ourselves now.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are, without the shadow of a doubt, the next great tectonic shift for our race. It will change our society from the root upwards. Social structures, relations, work, leisure, safety and security, communications, transport; all will be completely different in a few years from now. Hence, as it has been before at every inflexion point, we have the opportunity to propel ourselves to a more equitable, peaceful and advanced world. However, it is also our duty to guide this new force employing moral integrity and virtue and make sure its control is in the right hands. Or, even better, in everybody’s hands.
This webpage is not about all these philosophical questions. But they were what motivated me to accomplish my career up to date. The awareness of this reality and the opportunity to access all the knowledge here deployed, motivated me and my career as an engineer.
I enjoyed my passion for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (and more precisely, Reinforcement Learning), and as happens with every new passion, it enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition: to fly. That is the link to the second main idea of the projects I have developed. The ability to fly has also permitted me to experiment with the latest generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In recent years, the use of UAVs or, more commonly known as drones, has experienced unprecedented growth globally. These kinds of devices open up opportunities, not only to enhance leisure but for a vast amount of useful applications such as risky aerial manipulation, transportation or surveillance.
However, although UAVs had fruitful time for me, it is now the moment to iterate to the next phase: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR&R). This field of AI has completely amazed me and I am determined to contribute the research on it. This is why I am currently studying Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Graph Embedding and KR&R. I reckon those fields along with Reinforcement Learning will be leading the research to finally build an AGI which rockets the development of humanity.
As it happened for my prior projects here exposed, I think that there is no better way of learning than hands-on. MAGNA permitted me to deeply learn and implement applications in several areas. In this next step, I need more suitable projects for the same purpose: practical learning. This is why all projects I am currently developing were born.