The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Dr. Joaquin Quiñonero Candela serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership on AI, a non-profit partnership of academic, civil society, industry, and media organizations creating solutions so that AI advances positive outcomes for people and society, and is a member of the Spanish Government’s Advisory Council for Artificial Intelligence.
Until September 2021, Joaquin was the Distinguished Technical Lead for Responsible AI at Facebook, where he led the technical strategy for areas like fairness and inclusiveness, robustness, privacy, transparency, and accountability. Before this, he built and led the AML (Applied Machine Learning) team at Facebook, driving product impact at scale through applied research in machine learning, language understanding, computer vision, computational photography, augmented reality, and other AI disciplines. AML also built the unified AI platform that powers all production applications of AI across the family of Facebook products.
Prior to Facebook, he built and taught a new machine learning course at the University of Cambridge (in 2012, together with Carl Rasmussen), worked at Microsoft Research, and conducted postdoctoral research at three institutions in Germany, including the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. He received his PhD in 2004 from the Technical University of Denmark.
Joaquin is currently taking a break to fully support his wife with rebuilding her career, and to enjoy their kids before they all leave the nest. He recently resigned from Facebook after 9.5 amazing years in order to create the space he needs.