Journal Entry 

 Artificial Intelligence 

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Michael Santos

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Succeed After Prison

In an era where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just a buzzword but a pivotal force reshaping our world, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve. Especially for people in prison, embracing AI can be a transformative step toward self-empowerment and post-prison success.

AI is not a distant, abstract concept. I use AI tools now. They’re changing how we live, work, and interact with our surroundings. I’m a testament to the power of AI. My daily interactions with this technology have been a cornerstone of my post-prison journey. But this journey began behind the walls, where I realized the power of preparation.

In prison, I dedicated myself to learning – mastering reading, writing, communicating, and critical thinking. These skills are the bedrock of effectively using technology, like AI, to grow your income and expand your horizons. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” emphasizes these foundational skills. It’s a course designed not just to educate but to empower, to transform people in prison into architects of their own future.

As part of this transformative journey, we invite participants to actively engage with us. By emailing [email protected] and inserting “Request a Book” in the subject line, you can access a wealth of knowledge. Our nonprofit organization, depending on available resources, donates impactful books like “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence,” “Success after Prison,” “Prison! My 8,344th Day,” “Release Plan 2024,” and of course, “Preparing for Success after Prison.” These resources are not just books; they are blueprints for a brighter future.

Now, let’s talk about leveraging AI. AI is more than just algorithms and data; it’s a pathway to reinvention. It’s about understanding the digital landscape and using it to create opportunities. Think about AI as a partner in your journey – a tool that can enhance your skills, open new doors, and help you achieve what might have seemed impossible.

Critical Thinking:

To foster this growth, I challenge you to a task:

  • identify one way AI is used in a field or domain that interests you. It could be anything from healthcare to finance, education to entrepreneurship.
  • Research this application of AI, understand it, and think about how you can align your skills with this technology.
    • This exercise isn’t just about learning; it’s about envisioning yourself as part of a future where you’re surviving and thriving.

Remember, the journey from incarceration to innovation isn’t just about overcoming barriers; it’s about building bridges – bridges to knowledge, technology, and a future filled with possibilities. Embrace AI, embrace learning, and most importantly, embrace the belief that your current situation is not your final destination.

Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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