Wow, this looks like an awesome community of passionate, knowledgeable people from all over the globe. I hesitate to speak for others, but I think we're all here because we share the vision of a prosperous, amazing, and safe future for mankind through AI technologies. It warms my heart.
A little backstory: Three years ago I graduated with a degree in EE with an extreme interest in robotics. Back then I developed a 23 degree of freedom 3D printed robotic hand. My mission was to eventually create a company around advanced robotics technologies and make a lot of money. Looooots of money.
Well, turns out that's not my path! There's a Japanese concept of "ikigai" or "reason for being, which is the forging of one's passion, mission, profession, and vocation. About a year ago I found my ikig(AI) and matured my purpose, simply to grow stronger and empower others.
Today I live my purpose by devouring knowledge, working on code(implementing my own HTM!), and mentoring a local high school FIRST robotics team. Although I'm not getting paid for my dreams yet (and thus lacking a corner of that ikigai concept) I know I am a devoted, intelligent, and generative man. Eventually my journey through life wherever it leads will really make a difference in people's lives.
Really glad to be here and I'm looking forward to learning all that I can and hopefully contributing something meaningful to the AI field and Numenta.