Embracing the Future: The Power of Adaptability and Continuous Learning
In the ever-evolving tapestry of life, change is the only constant. During my 26 years of incarceration, the world outside transformed in ways I could never have imagined. When I began my sentence, in 1987, the concepts of the internet and cellphones were foreign, almost fantastical. Yet, upon my release in 2013, they were integral parts of daily life. This rapid technological evolution could have been overwhelming, but my time in prison had instilled in me a resilience and adaptability that proved invaluable.
While incarcerated, I dedicated myself to learning and self-improvement, laying the foundation for my reintegration into a world that had moved on without me. This proactive approach allowed me to quickly grasp and adapt to the technological advancements that had taken place during my absence. But the world didn’t stop changing once I was out; it continued to evolve at an unprecedented pace.
Today, we stand on the cusp of a technological revolution, witnessing the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. These innovations are not just reshaping industries; they’re redefining the very fabric of our society. Take, for instance, the story of Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen. Developed by Hanson Robotics, Sophia is an AI-powered humanoid robot capable of displaying human-like expressions and interacting with people. Her existence challenges our traditional notions of citizenship and humanity, pushing us to reconsider our place in a world where machines can think and feel.
In my view, prisons will soon introduce robots to serve as correctional facilities. I will invest to make that possible. Robotic officers can listen, they can learn, they can teach. They do not judge. They will want to help. They will improve outcomes. Of course, I expect to face challenges in building this business. Fortunately, prison has prepared me to anticipate challenges–and to focus on success.
Another example of the evolution of robotics has led to breakthroughs like Boston Dynamics’ Spot, a robot dog designed for a variety of tasks, from inspecting industrial sites to assisting in healthcare. Such advancements underscore the limitless potential of technology and the myriad opportunities it presents.
For those currently incarcerated, these stories might seem distant, even irrelevant. But they’re not. Just as I had to adapt to the rise of the internet and cellphones, individuals preparing for reentry will need to navigate a world shaped by AI and robotics. The key is to use your time in prison effectively, equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to thrive in this new era.
Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is designed to help you do just that. Through our books and resources available on Prison Professors, we provide guidance on how to harness the power of change, turning challenges into opportunities. The future is bright, filled with possibilities. But to seize them, you must prepare.
Your challenge: Reflect on a time when you felt unprepared. How did you overcome it? What tools or strategies did you employ? Share your story with us by building a profile that memorializes your commitment to preparing for success upon release. Send an invite to Interns@PrisonProfessorsTalent.com to get started.
In conclusion, the future is not something to be feared but embraced. With the right mindset and preparation, you can not only adapt to change but leverage it to create a brighter, more prosperous future for yourself.
Founder of Prison Professors