I am Patyt Reyes, a mechatronics engineer and philosopher of technology. You can read a short version of my story below.
During the summer of 1991, at the center of a booming industrial city in Mexico, “I was born with blood on my hands and had all the signs of a bleeding heart”. ¹ That’s just a poetic way of saying I was a privileged middle class child who soon started carrying the weight of ecocide and global inequality on her shoulders :):(
30 years of life eventually taught me to take in our troubling times with a BIG heart, carry on a relentless and unapologetic fight for social and environmental justice, and make my ride on planet Earth as exciting and joyful as humanly possible.
This attitude has led me to take academic, working, and creative opportunities in an insanely wide range of fields. I’ve done jobs as an automation and electrical engineer, journalism, historical and philosophical research, photography, music, a whole lotta activism, the organization of cultural events, among other crazy activities.
Despite the fact that I’ve walked a sinuous life path, the end goal does seem to become clearer with each passing day:
I want to create new ways of understanding the complex, interwoven dynamics between social and technological developments. In other words, I want to grasp our history as it unfolds: looking at the past to learn how modern civilization arrived to its current predicaments, and looking into the future with unleashed imagination to propose solutions for the new generations to survive and thrive.
This is a goal I chase with my current research and professional experiences, but also just by living and paying attention: to current news and developments, to what people of all walks of life have to say, and to my feelings of awe, anger, joy & sadness.
Because (1) I am quite short, (2) I can never stop smiling and (3) I deliberately make grammar mistakes when I’m writing on digital platforms; people find it really hard to take me seriously. However, I do have impressive credentials that you can check out in my CV.
¹ “No Way Down“, James R. Mercer / The Shins (2012)