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A Philosopher's Daughter Navigates a Career in AI

Nuria Oliver, director of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation

I did not grow up thinking I would dedicate myself to the field of artificial intelligence (AI). I am from a middle-sized Mediterranean town in Spain and come from a humanities family: my father is a philosopher and a Latin-to-Spanish translator, and my mother is a teacher in humanities-related topics.

In my last year of high school, a friend of my brother who was studying tele-communication engineering in Madrid came to Alicante for Spring break and spoke to me about the great potential technology holds to improve society. That conversation inspired me to study computer science; that moment marked the start of my career in technology.


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