What is AI Humanity and how is our approach to solving global poverty and enabling widespread prosperity different from other solutions?
AI Humanity is a young startup that builds technologies and execute transformative programs and 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.
Our pilot program is schedule to begin in Baltimore, Maryland in January 2020.
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 most successful 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 Trillion over 50 years?
We have discovered that global poverty (including poverty within many rich countries like 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 prosperity.
Nearly every attempt to solve poverty and pathological inequality has ignored some of the biggest contributing factors to poverty.
And the single-solution strategies, such as aid or policy alone, and even two or three or four such solutions together, have actually exacerbated poverty in many areas and have helped to some degree in others, but have not solved the overarching problem of widespread poverty. This fact is most striking when you consider that, in the West, we have been spending $11.2 billion a month on foreign aid to solve poverty. In addition, innumerable charities, philanthropies, NGOs, and local and state and national governments, most highly ineffective, spend hundreds of billions to help the unprosperous in developed and developing countries, with shockingly little success to show for their efforts.
The main point is worth expounding succinctly and clearly: We have not succeeded in solving poverty and pathological inequality for these two reasons:
- First, as noted, the most significant factors of poverty—the things that cause and perpetuate poverty and pathological inequality—have been largely ignored by those who have attempted to solve poverty.</p>
Second, the common factors of poverty and inequality number nearly a dozen in any chosen place. And when two or three of these factors are alleviated in that place, the many other factors that remain (including the most significant ones) ensure the overall problem remains in that place. This occurs because, eventually—whether within a few months or short years—the remaining factors always cause the alleviated ones to relapse.
Notable Successes in Some Countries
Countries like Sweden, Singapore, Norway, and South Korea, in just a few short 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.
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 simultaneously solve the most problematic factors that perpetuate poverty and inequality in that place. Or, at the very least, we must attempt to alleviate all of the most significant factors at the same time. In addition, while we alleviate 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 uses a process called parallel simultaneity—devised by Richard Bovell, the founder and CEO AI Humanity—to alleviate the most significant factors of poverty at the same time, in the areas where we operate.
We build a series of technologies (some of which use artificial intelligence, the reason for "AI" in our name) and execute programs and macroeconomic and microeconomic policies, which integrate with our technologies, to eliminate the factors of poverty.
Where do we get the resources for such a monumental endeavor?
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 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.
Striving for more safe, lovely, and just societies
AI Humanity aims to eradicate poverty and ensure the unprosperous have access to the resources and opportunities they need to realize economic prosperity and lead a rewarding life.
Since there is enough wealth in the global economy to make every human prosperous, we don’t just work to provide the unprosperous with access to the aid they need and, where necessary, with the resources for a rewarding education that allows them to obtain a fulfilling career with at least an upper-middle-class salary. We go much further than that: We strive, most crucially, to ensure the unprosperous have realizable paths to prosperity in all of its rewarding comforts, social and political rights and privileges, personal dignities, and generational aspirations and liberties.
How Did AI Humanity Come into Existence?
The story of AI Humanity is one of heartbreak, distress, passion, relentlessness, obsession, compassion, ambitiousness, innovation, deep knowledge, collaboration, and dedication—in a word, humanity.
Chapter 1: (To Be Written) The Early Days of AI Humanity
With a dedicated software engineering team in place and work on our prototype for Phase 1 underway, AI Humanity will soon recruit dozens of experts to help us get on with the heavy work of solving poverty.
Our pilot program will begin in Baltimore, Maryland, and a to-be-determined city in West Virginia, sometime in 2019.
Join Us: We Need You
AI Humanity’s work is so all-encompassing, so multidisciplinary, and so vast as to require the efforts of experts in just about every field, particularly economists, community organizers and activists, anthropologists, reformed gang members and leaders, epidemiologists, ecologists, performing artists, data scientists, documentary filmmakers, physicians, educators, computer scientists, AI engineers, historians, psychologists, and many others.
In fact, at this very moment, we need general researchers, academic researchers, economists, statisticians, psychologists, backend engineers, data scientists, and community organizers.
To learn more and to join us, go to the we need you page and fill out the application. We do need you!