About Us: Overview of AI Humanity
What is AI Humanity and how is our approach to solving global poverty and enabling widespread prosperity different from other solutions?
AI Humanity is nonprofit startup with a for-profit entity—a coupled startup, specifically, comprising both a for-profit and a nonprofit—that builds technologies and execute policies to eliminate the factors of poverty, as we simultaneously create opportunities for the unprosperous to realize prosperity. We rely on ordinary people to effect change through technology, innovation, collaboration, and the human good—that is, the human disposition to forgive and cooperate and to be altruistic and compassionate.
We are both a for-profit and a nonprofit because many of our solutions are nonprofits, for example, AllAid, ProsperityScore, and Eduprosperity; they provide free services to help the unprosperous overcome the factors of poverty. And some of our solutions are necessarily profit-making ventures so as to generate revenue to help the unprosperous with rewarding careers, financial capital for entrepreneurship, structural resources for innovation, opportunity to acquire wealth through investments, and so on. Our for-profit projects will help not just the unprosperous, but all of humanity.
How are we eradicating poverty and helping the unprosperous realize prosperity?
To understand why we have devised our exhaustive approach for solving poverty and for enabling the unprosperous to realize prosperity, and to understand how our solutions work, one must first understand why the many attempts to solve global poverty have made small and notable (sometimes even significant) differences in some places but have failed to eradicate widespread poverty and have failed to create opportunities for widespread prosperity.
Why humanity has struggled to solve poverty after spending over $5 Trillions over 50 years?
After two decades of planning and nearly a decade of research (both in the field and through the literature), we have discovered that global poverty, even poverty within any area of the United States, is highly complex and that no single solution (not aid, not education, not “giving money to the poor and getting out of the way,“ not changing laws to “level the playing field,” etc.) alone can eradicate widespread poverty and help the majority of the unprosperous find realizable paths to lasting prosperity.
The single solutions (such as aid or policy) to eradicate poverty in any given place, and even two or three or four such solutions together, have helped to some degree but have not solved the bigger problem of widespread poverty, time and again in just about every part of the world, even though we in the West have been spending $11.2 billion a month on foreign aid to solve poverty. This amount does not include the amount each country spends (without aid) domestically to solve its own poverty.
We have not succeeded because the factors of poverty (the many things that perpetuate poverty) number more than a dozen in any chosen place, and when two or three of these factors are alleviated, the many other factors that remain ensure the overall problem remains and eventually (whether within months or years) cause the alleviated ones to relapse.
Countries like Sweden, China, Singapore, and South Korea, in just the last few decades, have used a combination of over a dozen factors simultaneously (not just aid and better education alone) to successfully help a significant percentage of their population rise out of devastating poverty and to realize first-world, 21st-century prosperity.
The Factors of Poverty
We have identified 25 common factors that perpetuate or are responsible for the widespread poverty across the globe and for the massive economic inequality and economic distress—the last two of which are experienced by nearly 65% of Americans.
All the 25 factors of poverty don’t exist in every impoverished or economically depressed community, and some of them, even when present in a community, may or may not be the original cause of poverty in that community. But we know they either make poverty lasts indefinitely or prolong economic distress in the areas where they are found. Some of the factors have either not been recognized by experts as factors of poverty or not been documented as such.
These factors include:
- A lack of rewarding education for rewarding careers
- Inferior and inaccessible K–12 education
- Insufficient middle-income and high-income careers
- Insufficient cognitive bandwidth and time bandwidth for self advancement
- Lack of self purpose (or disinterest in a rewarding career or path to prosperity)
- Nonexistent or inferior or prohibitively expensive healthcare
- Depressed neighborhoods that invite wretchedness and discourage investment
- National and local policies and laws that favor the wealthy by a mile and the unprosperous by a foot
- Crippling trade policies and loan terms between rich and poor countries, drug addiction and drug trafficking (and reckless drug dispersion through institutions) and the related problems they trigger
- Group and tribal conflicts and dissensions, personal unenlightenment (that is, language, civic, economic, financial, cross-cultural, and early childhood development illiteracy)
- Cultural norms that spurn achievement or preclude economic advancement
- Discriminatory (by race, caste, class, gender, geography, tribe, culture, ethnicity, religion) practices and rules and laws that result in inequitable distribution of wealth
- Sophisticated and simple theft and plunder and mismanagement of countries’ resources and earnings
- Lack of structural factors for government management and business development (e.g., inadequate technology, poor transportation, nonexistent research and development, lack of governmental accountability and oversight, widespread corruption, lack of human capital in advanced subjects and industries, lack of financial capital)
- Colonial-era rules and laws and influences that continue to stifle group advancement and economic growth
Those are some of the factors; we describe the 25 factors as The Factors of Poverty.
AI Humanity uses an exhaustive set of solutions to eliminate The Factors of Poverty and to create better opportunities for success
We believe that to successfully eradicate poverty and help the unprosperous realize opportunities for lasting prosperity, in any given place, we must eliminate the most problematic of The Factors of Poverty simultaneously in that place, or, at the very least, we must attempt to alleviate all of the most significant of the factors at the same time. In addition, while we eliminate these factors, we must also provide better opportunities for prosperity (e.g., sufficient rewarding careers, significant financial capital for entrepreneurship, foundational resources for innovation, personal edification), or else many of the factors of poverty will quickly return.
Accordingly, AI Humanity builds a series of technologies (some of which use artificial intelligence, the reason for “AI“ in our name) and executes strategies and policies that integrate with our technologies to eliminate the factors of poverty. We do this while we also create new and better opportunities for rewarding careers, personal edification, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Where do we get the resources for such a monumental endeavor?
AI Humanity uses a number of strategies and available opportunities and resources to accomplish its goals, including the following:
- We exploit capitalism to create rewarding careers and wealth for the unprosperous, just as it has been exploited to create wealth for the prosperous over the last two centuries.
- We inspire, edify, mobilize, and empower the unprosperous themselves to put in the necessary effort for personal economic advancement and for the group and community togetherness necessary to remedy some of the larger societal problems that neither technology nor money can remedy.
- We enable the collaboration and coordination of tens of thousands of organizations and government programs and help them work more optimally and pointedly towards eradicating the factors of poverty and growing opportunities for widespread economic prosperity.
- We help the unprosperous capitalize on the well established altruism of both the unprosperous and the prosperous (specifically, the bountiful resources available through charities and similar nonprofits) to help eliminate the factors of poverty, and we use the resources to fund the projects needed for rewarding careers, community togetherness, community development, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
- And we enable the collaboration of millions of volunteers so that they can work together to solve many of the factors of poverty, where they can best be utilized, and so that they can help to create (where necessary) and advance the factors of prosperity.
For details on what specifically we do to eliminate the factors of poverty and to create opportunities for prosperity for the unprosperous, see the What We Do page. To track our progress along the way, see the Road Map page. If you are interested in volunteering or working for AI Humanity, see the We Need You page. And if you are interested in funding AI Humanity and want to learn how our technologies work, contact us via the Funders page.