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Will.i.am & Van Jones Set To Empower Future Leaders At Tech Summit

Will.i.am and Van Jones teamed up to host a groundbreaking tech summit in Los Angeles, aiming to spotlight the future leaders of the tech industry. Dubbed “Make Wakanda Real,” the event was held at Will’s FYI Campus and showcased a diverse range of innovators, tech experts, and entrepreneurs. 

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On Thursday, Nov. 9, Will.i.am and Van Jones joined forces to co-host an innovative tech summit in Los Angeles, aiming to spotlight the emerging leaders within the tech industry.

The “Make Wakanda Real” summit, spearheaded by music icon Will.i.am and political commentator Van Jones, sought to raise awareness about technological advancements and the need for diversity within the industry. Notable guests such as Tiffany Haddish, Ashton Kutcher, and Jason Lee joined the summit to support the cause, demonstrating the growing importance of minorities in the tech space.

The event attracted many influential figures, including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, actor Boris Kodjoe, and Black Ambition Opportunity Fund CEO Felecia Hatcher, who offered their expertise and insights through virtual panels.

Will.i.am On AI’s Benefits

Ashton Kutcher, a renowned actor and venture capitalist, emphasized the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in bridging the gap for underserved communities, particularly in the medical and legal realms. 

His commitment to utilizing AI for social impact has already led to the raising of hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes. During the summit, Will.i.am engaged in a lively discussion about the potential risks and benefits of AI. 

Expressing co about AI becoming sentient and conquering humans, he exchanged banter with a computer program, highlighting the growing complexity of AI technologies. 

The event received praise from Twitter(X) users, with one user stating, “That’s a great step towards thinking about the future,” and another commenting, “Amazing night.”

Issa Rae and Timbaland Headline For Tech Summit

Speaking of a more technological and innovative future, the annual AfroTech conference, celebrating Black success in the tech industry, featured headliners Issa Rae and Timbaland. The AfroTech conference, established in 2016, serves as a digital hub for Black S.T.E.M. professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs, and forward-thinkers.