TL;DR: Is it possible to pursue applied research in AI and theoretical physics after a PhD degree in CS focusing on applied AI (as a professor at some universities)?
Hello, I'm a 3rd year undergrad at a university in Vietnam.
I've been wondering about the practicality of the above questions for quite some time but I have not yet been able to decide.
For a little bit of background:
I have a fairly good foundation on CS because I have been doing competitive programming since I was 13. Until recently, I feel that research in AI was too applied (I did some research with an advisor on computer vision recently), and then, I discovered theoretical physics and got the feeling that "This is for me, my true self".
However, the problem is, in my country, pursuing theoretical research does not really guarantee a stable future career (with good money). So, I'm thinking about doing a PhD in CS focusing on applied AI and self-study physics. After that, I will probably get a position at a university and conduct research in both direction (more focus is put on only one direction, of course).
Can you kindly provide me some pieces of advice for my future career path, or, is my plan possible?
Thank you for spending time reading and answering my question.