Episode 24


Episode 24 - AI Fundamentals Made Simple



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This special episode is specially crafted for listeners new to the technology or seeking to strengthen their foundational knowledge! 

Over the past few months, we’ve received valuable input from our audience, ranging from seasoned AI users to those entirely new to the field. Many have shared their enthusiasm for learning but have requested a breakdown of essential AI basics. In response, Nathan and Scott are here today to deliver just that! 

Nathan and Scott begin the conversation by discussing the transformative impact of generative AI across different sectors, emphasizing its versatility and exponential growth. They share personal anecdotes and practical examples, illustrating how generative AI can streamline tasks, boost productivity, and enhance decision-making processes. Also, they explore the capabilities of generative AI in depth, from distilling complex information to creating immersive visuals and conducting real-time translations. 

Furthermore, the conversation delves into the nuances of working with AI tools such as ChatGPT, Plexi, and others, highlighting the importance of integrating AI into everyday workflows. Nathan and Scott stress the significance of starting with tasks that one wishes to offload or optimize, rather than those they enjoy, to fully leverage the technology’s potential. They also emphasize responsible AI usage, discussing privacy settings and best practices for ensuring ethical AI deployment. They further share valuable tips on engaging with generative AI effectively, including speaking to AI as if it were a human, specifying preferences, and providing feedback to refine outputs. Moreover, the discussion extends to the evolving landscape of AI tools, anticipating future advancements and the integration of AI into everyday applications seamlessly. 




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Nathan Chappell

As a thought leader, public speaker, author and inventor, Nathan is one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and philanthropy. Nathan serves as Senior Vice President of DonorSearch AI, where he leads AI deployments for some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations. Nathan’s subject matter expertise has been featured in several publications, including Fast Company, University of Notre Dame and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2021, Nathan founded Fundraising.Ai as a member-centric collaboration of nonprofit professionals with a focus on data ethics, data equality, privacy and security, sustainability. Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity in 2018. Nathan is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, an MBA from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

Scott Rosenkrans

Scott Rosenkrans is the Assistant Vice President of DonorSearch Ai and has been with the organization for three years. He began his journey in the nonprofit sector twelve years ago as a prospect researcher. He quickly became fascinated with data as he noticed the organization that he previously worked for was amassing a wealth of information but was unsure how to efficiently use the data and resources to its full potential. This led him to become interested in predictive modeling and data analytics. During this time, he began to create an immense commitment to delivering tailor-made machine learning models to nonprofits.

The thing that Scott loves most about working for DonorSearch is the ability to prioritize what is best for the client and nonprofit sector above all else. He believes that growth is our most important core value because the DSAi team continuously evolves and brings a unique perspective that provides value to our clients. He stays ahead of industry trends because of his insatiable drive to constantly try out new things.

Favorite nonprofit: Shriner’s Children Hospital because of their extreme commitment to providing exceptional medical care, while also alleviating the financial burdens on families.