Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with Generative AI 

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Judge Learned Hand words during the "I Am an American Day" on May 21, 1944, in Central Park, New York City, serving at that time as a Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,  

"The spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest," 

speaks to the inclusive and equitable treatment in every walks of life. Today generative AI can  help in creating such a kingdom that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.

VIsual depicting Judge Learned Hand giving his speech at the 'I Am an American Day' event in Central Park, 1944.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly being empowered through the advent of Foundation Models like Large Language Models (LLMs), exemplified by generative AI applications such as the OpenAI's custom GPTs. These applications represent a significant shift in the democratization of technology, as they eliminate the barriers traditionally associated with software development, such as the need for extensive IT infrastructure or deep technical expertise. Remarkably, almost anyone around the globe, regardless of their location in developing or developed countries, can now harness the power of these customizable LLMs enabled via a custom GPT. With just an internet connection and a modest financial investment of a few dollars, individuals and organizations can tailor these models to their unique needs and contexts. This accessibility is a game-changer, resonating with the words of Nelson Mandela,

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 

In this era, the "education" Mandela speaks of extends beyond traditional boundaries, encompassing the vast potential of AI. Custom LLMs like GPTs from OpenAI are not just tools for the few; they are enablers of global inclusivity and platforms for diverse voices, echoing the sentiment of Steve Jobs: 

"Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.

Herein lies the true power of DEI through technology – providing tools to the many, for the betterment of all.

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