Eliminate the factors of poverty and create opportunities for prosperity for the unprosperous
AI Humanity creates technological solutions and social innovations, execute transformative policies, advance individuals and cultures, heal discord between groups—and enable the collaboration and coordination of peoples and organizations—toward a single goal: to eliminate the factors of poverty and enable the unprosperous to realize prosperity.
Enough wealth in the global economy
to make every human prosperous, yet ...
In most countries, most people are economically depressed —
they lack the resources necessary for a purposeful and rewarding life
We believe we know how to alleviate this extraordinarily complex problem
in many regions of the world
Overview of AI Humanity
What is AI Humanity and how is our approach to solving global poverty, including American poverty, and enabling widespread prosperity different from other solutions?
For a concise yet sufficiently comprehensive overview of AI Humanity—including the philosophy and scope and nature of our organization’s effort, why we have devised a series of exhaustive and groundbreaking solutions, how our solutions differ from that of other organizations, how our solutions will help the unprosperous across the globe, including an estimated 65% of Americans (the unprosperous Americans)—visit the About Us page.
Who Are the Unprosperous?
Three groups—the struggling middle class, working poor, and devastatingly poor—make up the unprosperous
The unprosperous comprise the struggling middle class (i.e., most of the middle class), working poor, and devastatingly poor—groups that lack the economic resources, financial earnings, community necessities, and personal liberties to live a comfortable and rewarding 21st-century life. They earn less than is necessary to be recognized today as self-sufficient.
- Struggling Middle Class
- Working Poor
- Devastatingly Poor
What we mean by "Prosperity"
We have created a new standard for prosperity and a comprehensive way to achieve it and measure it
AI Humanity strives to ensure that the unprosperous have realizable paths to prosperity. By prosperity, we mean a 21st-century, high standard of living; rewarding comforts; personal and political freedoms and power; personal dignities and autonomy; personal enlightenment, edification, and advancement; cultural and social opportunities; societal safety and privileges; justice; safety-net services; safe neighborhoods; adequate and accessible rewarding K-12 education; and protection of civil liberties. Summarily, that is the standard for prosperity we have established, and it is the focus of our entire mission.
Measuring Prosperity, Not Poverty
AI Humanity doesn’t use the common poverty guidelines, or Official Poverty Measure (OPM), used by nearly every government and NGO globally to measure poverty.
We don’t measure poverty, as it is commonly measured, since using a mere hourly or annual wage to assess one’s earnings prevents us from honestly and accurately assessing the person’s well-being, economic standing, potential, and personal liberties, among other crucial factors; that is, the common poverty guidelines can’t measure a person’s humanity.
For example, the poverty guidelines such as $1 a day, $1.90 a day, $5 a day, $25,100 a year for a family of four in the United States, and so on, don’t treat the unprosperous with the dignity and humanity they deserve, to say nothing of how unrealistic and unhelpful measuring poverty by these guidelines is.
One standard that has made an admirable effort to measure economic self sufficency is the The Self-Sufficiency Standard. But even this standard doesn’t accurately represent the reality of expenditures and well-being for a 21st-century person, not even for citizens in the states where The Self-Sufficiency Standard operates. AI Humanity still needed a comprehensive and precise way to measure human prosperity.
Introducing the Prosperity Score
For our work, to achieve prosperity for the unprosperous, we need a proper—that is, comprehensive, instructive, dynamic, precise, and conscientious—way to measure individuals’ and communities’ economic status and progress, their human prosperity. But since no such service or tool exists, we had to create our own, which we call the Prosperity Score.
The prosperity score, as illustrated below, measures and monitors the economic, cultural, social, technological, individual, political, and similar well-being of people and communities and countries.
And it goes further: The prosperity score also ensures that anyone who (or any community or country that) falls into the unprosperous zone (as seen on the illustration) is provided the necessary notifications, recommendations, and resources they need to get on (or back on) the path to prosperity. Indeed, our prosperity score is an intelligent, dynamic service that intergrates with thousands of technolgies and processes to ensure global prosperity.
Example of an Individual’s Prosperity Score
- 0Devastatingly Poor
- Ecological Ceiling As Kate Raworth warns in Doughnut Economics, "[This boundary marks] an overshoot of pressure on Earth's life-giving systems, such as through climate change, ocean acidification and chemical pollution." (p. 39)
Factors That Compute the Prosperity Score
Each score factor (or main category) is computed for its own measure of prosperity, the reason for the different colors and scores below. The colors and scores show the person’s state of prosperity (that is, devastatingly poor, poor, rising, or prosperous) in that specific category or subcategory.
- Financial Comfort: The Self-Sufficiency Standard + 45%1.0
- Personal Well Being1.5
- Comfortable Housing: HAVC, Water, Plumbing, and Electricity2.5
- Personal Enlightenment3.0
- Language Literacy6.5
- Literacy of fundamental civil rights and laws2.0
- Basic Economics Literacy2.0
- Financial Literacy1.0
- Governmental and Political Literacy4.0
- Basic Ecological Literacy3.0
- Early Childhood Development Literacy3.0
- Cultural Literacy1.0
- Religious and Spiritual Freedom3.5
- Rewarding Career (if interested in one and able to work)4.0
- Personal Advancement and Purpose5.0
- Stable Government6.0
- Affordable and Accessible Healthcare6.5
- Leisure and Social Activities6.5
- Accessible and Reliable Transportation7.1
- Safe and Reliable Waste Management7.2
- Adequate and Accessible Childcare to K-12 Education7.8
- Protection of Comprehensive Civil Liberties8.0
- Safe Neighborhood and Sufficient Community Resources8.2
- Safety Net Programs and Resources for the Elderly8.5
- Personal Computing Device and Internet Access9.0
- Reliable and Efficient Business and Finance Infrastructure9.2
- Respect for Welfare of Partner Countries9.5
- Ecological Safety and Wellness9.5
What We Do
Our exhaustive plan tackles prosperity for the unprosperous from every solvable angle
Below, we describe many of our solutions in detail; we describe specifically what we do for individuals and communities and countries to help them realize prosperity.
If you are interested in funding AI Humanity and want to learn how our technologies and processes work and how they work together, contact us via the Funders page. And if you are interested in volunteering or working for AI Humanity, see the We Need You page.
We will begin our work in two cities: Baltimore, Maryland, and a yet-to-be-determined city in West Virginia
We have selected Baltimore, Maryland, as the first of two cities to participate in our pilot program. Although we haven’t yet finalized the location of the second city, we believe an impoverished area of West Virginia, the poorest state in the United States and a location proximal to Baltimore, may be ideal.
The poverty in Baltimore (urban) and most parts of West Virginia (rural and semi-rural) is so severe and widespread and shocking that these areas may not seem to be part of the United States, the richest country in the world.
So shocking is poverty in McDowell County, West Virginia, for example, that many residents live in devastating poverty of the sort found in some of the most impoverished areas of Africa and South East Asia and South America. Residents sometimes walk for many miles to get to work and school. And as Sabrina Shrader, a poverty expert and longtime resident of McDowell County stresses, “people think just the children are hungry, but parents are hungry too.”
The myriad of problems in these communities exemplify the endemic institutionalized social and economic and class and race problems that have plagued the United States for decades—some of the very problems AI Humanity set out to solve.
Furthermore, the demographics of both places (mostly impoverished Blacks in Baltimore and impoverished Whites in West Virginia) give us the opportunity not only to solve many of the enduring problems in these communities, but also to heal the dissension between cultures, classes, and races, where such dissension exists.
When we expect to start the pilot program
We will begin early research and grassroots efforts in Baltimore sometime in January 2019. And we will begin the heavy prosperity-for-the-unprosperous work (working directly with the unprosperous and lawmakers and community leaders) in Baltimore in spring 2019. After we finalize the second location for the pilot program—a city or district in West Virginia—we will begin our work there sometime after spring 2019.
Join Us: We Need You
Help create the safer, lovelier, more just society you want to see and experience
To eradicate poverty and provide the unprosperous with realizable paths to prosperity, even in just one city, let alone cities in many countries, we need the collaboration of thousands of passionate volunteers and hundreds of experts. And, of course, we need funding, too.
Help others even as you yourself find your purpose and path to fulfillment.
Because of the magnitude of the work we are doing, we need volunteers like you. We cannot end poverty and help the unprosperous without volunteers.
No matter your expertise or lack thereof, we could use your help. Bonus: AI Humanity trains volunteers, who happen to be unprosperous, in rewarding careers, free of charge.
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Coming Fall 2019
How We — The Unprosperous Americans—Will Swiftly Rise to Prosperity Together
The book comes with the following companions:
The Wakandan Pledge
A distinctive, personal road map and pledge for achieving individual and group advancement and economic prosperity—for everyone united by the Wakandan spirit
The Appalachian Pledge
A distinctive, personal road map and pledge for achieving individual and group advancement and economic prosperity—for everyone united by the Appalachian spirit
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We are transparent every step of the way: Track our progress
As a conglomerate with nonprofit and for-profit entities, AI Humanity strives to be diligent and transparent in its endeavors. You can track our progress and watch us transform from a small team of passionate individuals with a monumental mission, to a cohesive group that actually helps ordinary people, hopefully by the millions, completely transform their own lives and their communities for the better.
January 2019: The Beginning
With about 98% of the work on the main AI Humanity website now complete, we will officially launch the website to the public in early January 2019.
The January 2019 version of the website outlines our mission, strategies, philosophies, processes, and early milestones. The target audience comprises mostly volunteers and experts and some potential collaborators and funders.
This website is not intended for the unprosperous to use for help with overcoming poverty and realizing prosperity. The unprosperous will realize prosperity via our specific prosperity-for-the-unprosperous projects (for example, AllAid, Eduprosperity, RewardingEducation, and Entrepreneurship), which will become available as we launch each project or strategy later in 2019 and onward.
During his exhaustive research on poverty and on prosperity for the unprosperous, Richard Bovell, founder of AI Humanity, has short-listed (and continues to short-list) notable experts and professionals—each of whom Richard believes has the audacity to challenge the status quo where necessary, possesses passion and drive for revolutionary transformation, embraces fact-based and results-oriented pragmatism and solutions over rigid political ideology that has been proven unsuccessful, has the innovative disposition to devise effective solutions for seemingly unsolvable problems, possesses the relevant expertise to solve one or more of the major problems AI Humanity set out to solve, and has exemplified compassion for the poor.
AI Humanity will begin to recruit some of these and other experts between December 2018 and February 2019.
In addition, we plan to recruit more software engineers from Bov Academy, as they progress through the program and become more skilled in their areas of specialization. And we need many other experts and thousands of volunteers. You may find some of the specific roles for which we need volunteers and experts on our We Need You page.
January–April 2019: Funding Exploration and R&D
We are in the process of exploring the best means and kinds business opportunities and structure and of funding for our unique organization and are taking appropriate action as it becomes necessary.
Richard and a small team will begin research and development, recruitment, negotiations, and partnerships in Baltimore, Maryland in January, 2019, while our designers, researchers, and software engineers simultaneously begin research and early development of some of AI Humanity’s core technologies.
Meanwhile, Richard will continue his academic and field research for the three AI Humanity books he is writing.
We will continue to recruit more experts and volunteers and collaborators, expanding our team in the process, to execute the exhaustive first phase of our plan.
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