From Homeless to College-Bound Computer Science Major, Akiem Williams is Ready to Change the World
Akiem Williams is a kid with a thousand-watt smile. His friends and teachers describe him as kind, driven, and thoughtful. And, a list of his school activities reads like a college recruiter’s dream – marching band, swim team, JROTC, Homeless Pet Club, and Project Ready.
But the Benjamin E. Mays High School senior has faced his share of struggles to reach this point.
Williams is a student in the inaugural class of an advanced placement computer science course taught by the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech (Constellations) in Atlanta Public Schools.
A wrongful arrest. A “racist robot.” A call for new laws.— Georgia Tech Computing (@gtcomputing) November 10, 2023
A @GeorgiaTech experiment trained a robot to seemingly act out racist behavior, to prove bias can exist in #AI. @MatthewGombolay opens up his lab to show where research can help address tough social issues. https://t.co/21F7IV0vbH pic.twitter.com/P3GD29lth1