A mystery that humanity has taken 2,500 years to resolve

Go has always been the most demanding Chinese board game in the world and is the oldest test of mental agility that is still played in its original form. But its creator never could have imagined that 2,500 years later, it would become a true technological paradigm and one of the reasons why a 32-year-old man from Badajoz has become a global leader in the field of artificial intelligence.

This thousand-year-old game, along with calligraphy, painting, and music, was considered one of the Four Traditional Arts of Chinese scholars. Today, technology has overshadowed these disciplines. And the creation of complex logarithms similar to those used in this thousand-year-old game is just one of the many reasons why Rubén Rodríguez Torrado appears on a select list of experts drawn up by the World Economic Forum.

A guide that international heads of state and directors of large corporations can turn to in the event they need their experience and advice in the field of Predictive Maintenance and Optimization of Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry.

The people highlighted are those who have identified their areas of excellence and this Artificial Intelligence Advisor at the Repsol Technology Center has found it in artificial superintelligence and how it can be applied to the world of petroleum.

Artificial intelligence to predict the future

Since he completed his studies in Mathematics at the Sorbonne in Paris, he has aspired to emulate the human brain through artificial intelligence. This, applied to his specialty, means that he can come to see the future. Yes, the future. This is because, along with his team, he has managed to create a formula that allows for deciphering, for example, when an oil extraction machine is going to break down up to three months beforehand.

“We are able to look ahead about 60 – 90 days in order to take actions so that the machine never stops,” which leads to significant savings of resources. “You have to take into account that 20% or 30% of the costs of oil comes from maintenance.  You’re talking about millions of euros if a machine has to stop and a well does not produce for two or three days,” he stated.

In the current panorama, the United States has become a clear power in regards to AI. So when Rubén received the call to work in the land of opportunity, he did not let this one pass him by. He currently lives in New York and every morning he wakes up with the aim of favoring interaction between computers and human beings, hand-in-hand with some of the cutting edge companies in the technology sector.

He is a great defender of the know-how that remains in companies after investment in R&D because “current technology will be obsolete within two years.” For this reason, he sets his sights on the future and mentions the creative computing field with the objective of applying artificial superintelligence when it comes to responding to strategic questions within the sector. “Today, machines are very bad at creating intelligence and we want to take it a step beyond: we want to create logic and create creativity in artificial superintelligence.” A technological checkmate.

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