Operation HOPE & Clark Atlanta University Host ChatGPT Creator & OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Staff Report

Friday, May 19th, 2023

Operation HOPE recently partnered with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to host two events focused on "The Future of Artificial Intelligence," with Sam Altman, Open AI Founder and ChatGPT Creator. The conversations were led by Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO John Hope Bryant and featured the President of Clark Atlanta University, Dr. George T. French, Jr.

Held on CAU's campus, the first event provided Atlanta's most prominent Black leaders from the public and private sectors an opportunity to engage with Altman and discuss pressing issues around artificial intelligence (AI). The second discussion provided local HBCU and Atlanta-based college students with the same opportunity.

Altman, a billionaire tech pioneer, shared how he believes AI can positively impact lives and create new economic opportunities for communities of color, particularly among students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The standing-room-only event included representatives from government, technology, non-profit, education, and the creative industries, among others.

In 2015, Altman co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research and deployment company with the stated mission, "to ensure that artificial general intelligence – highly autonomous systems that outperform humans at most economically valuable work– benefits all of humanity." In partnership with Operation HOPE, serial entrepreneur Altman has committed to making AI a force for good by stimulating economic growth, increasing productivity at lower costs and stimulating job creation.

"The promise of an economic boost via machine learning is understandably seductive, but if we want to ensure AI technology has a positive impact, we must all be engaged early on. With proper policy oversight, I believe it can transform the future of the underserved," said Operation HOPE Chairman, Founder, and CEO John Hope Bryant. "The purpose of this discussion is to discover new ways to leverage AI to win in key areas of economic opportunity such as education, housing, employment, and credit. If it can revolutionize business, it can do the same for our communities."

"Getting this right by figuring out the new society that we want to build and how we want to integrate AI technology is one of the most important questions of our time," Altman said. "I'm excited to have this discussion with a diverse group of people so that we can build something that humanity as a whole wants and needs." 

Throughout the event, Altman and Bryant demystified AI and how modern digital technology is revolutionizing the way today's businesses compete and operate. By putting AI and data at the center of their capabilities, companies are redefining how they create, capture, and share value—and are achieving impressive growth as a result. During the Q&A session, they also discussed how government agencies can address AI policies that will lead to more equitable outcomes.

Altman is an American entrepreneur, angel investor, co-founder of Hydrazine Capital, former president of Y Combinator, founder and former CEO of Loopt, and co-founder and CEO of OpenAI. He was also one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2023.

According to recent research by IBM, more than one in three businesses were using AI technology in 2022. The report also notes that the adoption rate is exponential, with 42% currently considering incorporating AI into their business processes. Other research suggests that although the public sector is lagging, an increasing number of government agencies are considering or starting to use AI to improve operational efficiencies and decision-making. (McKinsey, 2020)