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Charlotte Lewis Jones

AI Lawyer  |  Thought Leader  |  Creator 


What about you most influences your perspective on the world?

Being a Black female lawyer in tech, who is also a mother of 3 and now a kid lit author, keeps me focused, constantly learning, detail-oriented and intentional. I don’t rest on my laurels, and I try something new more often than not. My differences from those around me give me grit and, given my background, an ability to see blind spots and opportunity.

What types of books do you enjoy reading? 

I enjoy books that teach me something that I can apply across various periods and facets of my life. Some of my favorites are How to Win Friends & Influence People, Bet on Black, The First 90 Days, Never Split the Difference, No One Succeeds Alone, How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, and Becoming. I’m currently reading I am Debra Lee. 

I recall the first series I started collecting - The Babysitter’s Club. I was excited to keep collecting books in the series and lining them up in numerical order on my bookshelf. When I started babysitting, I created a business card at Kinkos for myself and two friends. It had ABC blocks on the front, and I was the president of our club of 3. 

What types of books did you read as a kid?

I enjoy reading books that demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving, perseverance, respect, and being kind and helpful. I want my children to know how to get back up when they fall and keep trying to achieve everyday goals and longer term loftier goals. I also focus on characters that look like our family from skin color to hair type.

What types of books do you enjoy reading to your kids?

Since my time at Facebook (now Meta), I’ve spent most of my energy at work thinking about and advising on AI. After a year or so of bedtime storytime with my eldest son, I quickly recognized a gap in children's literature addressing modern technology, and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to unleash my creativity and establish a lasting legacy.

What inspired you to write a children's book about artificial intelligence (AI)?

Why do you believe it's important for children to understand AI from a young age?

It’s crucial for children to grasp AI concepts early because AI significantly influences our world, especially now with generative AI and large language models (LLMs). Early understanding fosters adaptability, critical thinking, and smart integration of technology into our lives. It also inspires innovations that can solve small and global challenges. Understanding AI now is like learning to read - it’s foundational.

What message do you want children to take away from Brainy Billy Builds a Bot?

I want children to understand that technology is an amazing tool for learning, creating, and managing responsibility. Technology can give them more time to focus on what gives them joy and energy, ultimately leading to a greater enjoyment of life, which every child deserves. Bottom line, I want all children to have the privilege of the mental space to think and create.

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