How to Overcome Societal Obstacles

By Benjamin Harvey

The top artificial intelligence companies include many people who earned degrees at elite educational institutions and started their employment with prior work experience. Yet the world is full of people from nontraditional backgrounds. They also have much to contribute to AI, but they face obstacles like minority status, low income, poor education, or social unrest.

I know this first-hand. I grew up poor and black in Jacksonville, the murder capital of the U.S. state of Florida. My neighborhood was a venue for street basketball and dope dealers. Many of my friends from that time are either dead or in jail.

If those challenges resonate with you, I offer a message of hope.

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