Ordinary people helping ordinary people do extraordinary things
Do you believe in the capacity of a small group of ordinary individuals to lead the effort for transformative, global change, as has happened time and again throughout history? And do you believe in your own capacity to accomplish extraordinary things with audacious, passionate, relentless effort?
Luis Rojas Chávez
Considered a “normal guy,” Luis enjoys the simple things in life, but his heart and mind bubble with enthusiasm and eagerness to solve big problems, such as those AI Humanity has set out to solve. He himself has conceptualized ways he can help the disadvantaged people in his hometown of Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, and he ponders how to best extrapolate those plans, to help other communities.
With a passion for soccer (he always wanted to realize a career as a professional soccer player, and still do but maybe in another way) and music (metal, his favorite genre), Luis not only knows how to relax and enjoy life, but he continually improves his knowledge with new programming technologies. And in his spare time, he likes to workout at the gym, watch horror movies, and hang around with friends over a cold beer to talk about new ideas.
Role at AI Humanity
Luis works primarily as a frontend engineer at AI Humanity, where he helps build some of the organization’s integrated software applications. But Luis does more than that. He embraces hard work to help the world evolve into a better and safer place for all of its citizens. To this end, Luis pitches in wherever he is needed at AI Humanity—and does whatever is required to help AI Humanity transform the lives of millions of people for the better.
On the Matter of Solving Poverty
Luis gives his perspective on poverty, in his own words:
I had an idea some time ago about how technology can really help improve people’ lives, but I had some doubts on how to do it. Then AI Humanity came across my life and I was blown away by its mission and strategies because AI Humanity is like 10 times my idea and shows really how to accomplish the sorts of things I care about. Besides, we live in an era when technology can solve most our problems and yet we most people live in poverty and not in prosperity.
In Mexico, we are a country of more than 119 million inhabitants, where 53.4 million are poor, and 9.4 million live in extreme poverty. It is not difficult to imagine why Mexico is considered a developing country. However, the goal to eradicate poverty there appears to be more distant every day. A person simply has to look around to see the poverty—in every state, in every city, in every village—from the many people asking for help on the street corners, to the many children who ask for money full time on the streets instead of going to school, to the young people cleaning windshields instead of aspiring to a better career.
For me, I admit that I don’t always take the poor into consideration and I even look away sometimes, instead of helping, because I have my own problems. But at other times, I worry because every day poverty grows more and more, and affects the entire population, even my own family, my friends, and people I’ve worked with. Sometimes I feel pity and I wonder— even though I myself am not “poor” (but am not prosperous)—how can I eat a good dinner that costs more than what it costs to feed an entire family right here in Mexico?
It is sad to see parents who could not take their children to the movies or a fun park, or have a single good day, just because of poverty. I also feel fearful because these persons do whatever is necessary to survive, which can get out of control: Stealing. Threatening to join organized crime. The cartels only look sometimes like fodder, but the famine and the ignorance are very powerful, and those who endure them can be manipulated very easily. It is necessary for those of us who realize what the problem is to try to solve it—not only to unite on social media and protest, not just to give one or two pesos to those who ask for it in the streets, but to work to bring about change and solutions.
We must do this because every life matters, no matter who or how or where, we are only one race and we must live as one, overcoming the problems that have divided us since the dawn of the human race. Every individual must have at least a respectable way of making a living. Within this utopia, we can see only a great future for our people, and we can see future generations caring for our most valuable heritage—our planet.