Hey, I´m Francisco, author of Beat the Robots.
When I was four years old, my father gave me my first computer. I still remember the DOS system and the floppy disk with 1.44mb of storage capacity. I enjoyed many years playing, learning to hack, and dismantling my computer to find out how to put it back together.
Then, when I was seven, a new passion arrived in my life—Meccano, a construction system (far more advanced than Lego) to build cars, machinery, and helicopters. This developed my interest in building robots. While I was studying computer science at Distrital University, I joined the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and created my best robot. I called him Asimov in honor of the science fiction writer who popularized the three laws for robots, now portrayed in the movie “I, Robot” starring Will Smith.
Since building Asimov, I have had the chance to explore the arenas of the social sciences and education, create technology companies, study in the United States, Colombia, India, and Germany, and earn my master’s degree in Lifelong Learning from the University College London, Aarhus University (Denmark), and Deusto (Spain) through an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. As a graduate from The Founder Institute, I traveled to more than thirty countries to speak with entrepreneurs, scientists, leaders and experts on robotics at events like the World Economic Forum, St. Gallen Symposium, Google I/O conference—all to try to find out how the growth of Artificial Intelligence could affect us.
While the scientists focus on creating a better robot, my mission is to find out how we can adapt as humans to those technological changes and prepare for a better future—how we can become lifelong learners.
If you want to know more about me just check of the links in the footer.