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I have a question about careers.

I'm graduating this semester with a bachelors in pure math. I've been accepted into a computer science masters.

I plan to study AI for my masters, and hopefully some applied math.

What I would like to do is this, go for my Ph.d in math afterwards, and then go be a computer science professor.

Is that absurd? I really love math and want to do math all the time, but I really love AI (we'll know soon if I do).

My fear is that if I don't do the math ph.d I won't know the math I want to know, nor will I be able to contribute with math research (I hope to find my own field someday).

My other fear is I won't be able to get a comp sci professorship with a math ph.d

The reason I want to be a comp sci professor is because of the freedom to move back and forth, but the reason for a math ph.d is I really want to focus on math alone for 5 or 6 years.

Really I'd love to be in both worlds. I want to be a mathematician who does research in math, but I also want to be an AI researcher too.

What do you guys think?