AI Humanity - Democratizing Prosperity: Through Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology

Democratizing Prosperity: Through Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology

Overview of AI Humanity

Using the principles of information theory, we are creating an information supercomputer to democratize prosperity

Why our information supercomputer is crucial

After spending more than $5 Trillion over 60 years to eradicate poverty in developing countries and in impoverished urban and rural communities in rich countries, we in the West have largely failed. We fail time and again because we continually try to solve poverty and prosperity (highly complex endeavors [?]) with economic policies and government programs that don’t take into account the complex, comprehensive information—that is, the true nature of the problems and the requisite solutions thereof. While consequential, government programs, international aid, and development economic policies—devoid of impartial information [?] and lacking the means to inspire people, nurture rewarding careers, stimulate market-creating innovations, and advance cultures—can’t facilitate widespread prosperity.

We believe that information [?] is the preeminent solution for the noted problems and therefore the key to prosperity. Accordingly, our information supercomputer—a multidimensional information-processing system that encapsulates local and global economic realities, dozens of multidisciplinary determinants and processes, and our own technological programs and innovations—will help the unprosperous (individuals, communities, and countries) with the attainable and inaccessible resources necessary to get on the path to prosperity.

Why prosperity is essential

In our capitalist societies, the alternative to prosperity is not an “ordinary" life. Rather, the alternative is continuous resentment toward the prosperous, especially the wealthy; inter-group dissension and intolerance; staggering evictions and foreclosures when the inevitable cyclical recessions arrive; and generational underachievement, lower IQ, economic dependency, hardship, and epigenetic pathologies of many sorts. It is a life of endless small and agonizing miseries—for example, never-ending financially induced stress and predisposition to (and victim of) many afflictions—that accumulate and eventually deprive the unprosperous and their progeny of a purposeful and rewarding life, where the unprosperous relentlessly deprive themselves and their family of necessities, comforts, and aspirations and continually long for betterment that never comes. (Universalprosperia, Richard Bovell, founder of AI Humanity)

Enough wealth in the global economy
to make every human prosperous, yet ...

Who Are the Unprosperous?

Three groups—the struggling middle class, working poor, and devastatingly poor—make up the unprosperous

The unprosperous lack the economic resources, financial earnings, community necessities, and personal enlightenment and liberties to achieve 21st-century well-being. At best, they live in under self-sufficiency.

Take the United States of America, the richest country in the world, as just one example. Nearly 60% of Americans live in absolute or relative poverty, or suffer from the afflictions of pathological inequality. When one considers that "the wealth of the top 1% of the [American] population is more than that of the bottom 90% of the population combined" (as Ray Dalio, one of the richest men in the world, passionately brings to our attention), you may understand the intolerance, rage, anxiety, epidemic drug addiction, academic underachievement by some groups, and countless pathologies that plague Americans and the American society. As Dalio warns, the staggering inequality poses "existential threats to the United States."

Unsurprisingly, the economic distress in the US isn't unique. Across Africa, Latin America, and other regions of the world, billions more face economic hardships of varying degrees. The good news is that humanity has made significant progress over the last hundred years, during which the majority of humans escaped devastating poverty. Furthermore, we now have the intellectual capacity and technological and economic capabilities to help every human find a path to prosperity.

What we mean by "Prosperity"

We have created the most accurate and comprehensive measure of well-being and an equally comprehensive process for helping the unprosperous attain it

By prosperity, we mean a 21st-century comfortable standard of living, financial independence, access to rewarding careers, personal enlightenment (including financial, economic, and environmental literacy), access to the low-entropy mechanisms of entrepreneurship, personal security and autonomy, structural justice, safety-net services, adequate and accessible rewarding K-12 education, and protection of civil liberties, to name some of the factors of well-being.

Overview of the Prosperity Score

We have created the Prosperity Score to measure well-being. To compute the final score, we assess, evaluate, measure, and track more than 90 vital factors that contribute to the well-being of a 21st-century human.

The Stages of the Human Economic Condition

The following demonstrates the six general stages of the human economic condition, any of which a person couldbe living in at any given time; we help the unprosperous (particularly people living in any of the first threestages) get on the path to self-sufficiency and then onto prosperity:

  • In a State of Urgency(The individual is in any dire condition—such as malnourishment,destitution, etc.—that requires urgent help.)
  • Devastatingly Poor
  • Poor(The individual could be in a state of absolute or relative poverty.)
  • Self-Sufficient
  • Comfortable(The individual may be comfortable, or even financially rich, but is unprosperousdue to one or more factors that impair well-being; such factors could include pathological inequality,institutionalized injustices, personal unenlightenment [e.g., financial illiteracy], or any factor that compromises the individual's well-being or threatens their economic stability.)
  • Prosperous(The individual has realized comprehensive personal well-being in an equallywholesome community.)

Capturing the Crucial Factors of Human Well-Being

Our prosperity score captures all of the consequential factors of human wellness, including:

  • State of urgency:

    Is the individual in a state of urgency due to the impairment of drug addiction, hunger, homeless, persecution, physical ailment, inescapable gang affiliation, etc.?

  • Mental health:

    Many of the unprosperous suffer from myriad unattended mental health problems—some due to well-established biological defect, some due to scarcity, some due to exposure to harmful chemicals in their communities, and some due to generational history of injustice, subjugation, and hardship—that created or further exacerbate their predicament. These pathologies often have dire consequences for the individuals' themselves and for their families and their communities, including violence against women and widespread violent crimes in their communities.

  • Self-sufficiency:

    We assess whether individuals can independently support themselves and their family. Local and state governments and aid organizations can use this comprehensive, precise measure of self-sufficiency to determine who needs help and how much help they need. This is one of the important assessments that helps us identify the poor. Anyone not self-sufficient is poor and thus likely need help of some sort.

  • Mental bandwidth:

    Is the individual suffering from scarcity of the sort that depletes their mental capacity for sound decision-making, self-improvement, self-control, cognitive fluidity, and general productivity?

  • Financial comfort and wealth:

    Life is miserable when one lives in a constant state of financial distress, as the unprosperous do. Many live without even access to basic financial services, including a proper bank account, which limits their financial capacity, suppresses their ambitions, and restricts their independence in our sophisticated financially driven economies.

Our goal is to help the unprosperous realize financial comfort—that is, their monthly earnings should be at least 20%–30% above their monthly living expenses; and their living conditions should be at least adequate for a 21st-century individual. Part of this process includes providing them with access to dependable financial services. This wholesome financial stability will provide the unprosperous the financial foundation on which to establish independence and allow them to strive and focus on other desirable financial goals, such as building wealth.

The cycle of poverty will never end if we continue to focus on providing just aid and low-income jobs to the unprosperous in developed and developing countries. They need financial liberty and comfort—for autonomy, wellness, independence, and familial security and legacy.

  • Security and social justice:

    This includes assessment of the individual's exposure to and protection from tribulations such as neighborhood crime, domestic violence (which no one else besides the individual may be aware of), age and racial and gender discrimination, and institutionalized subjugations, among other related factors.

  • Education, expertise, other skills, and career match:

    Not only do we capture the individual's formal expertise (if any), and skills (including those unaccounted for by formal education), but we also identify and predict the most ideal career path for the individual.

  • Personal enlightenment:

    Is the individual literate on matters of their own medium- and long-term success (e.g., financial and economic literacy), political engagement and civil rights and liberties, and personal responsibilities to their community and society (e.g., environmental and ecological literacy, etc.)?

  • Community well-being:

    An individual's well-being is directly related to the well-being of the community to which the individual belongs. Accordingly, we capture the entire range of factors that comprise the community well-being and use them (along with the personal factors) to compute the individual overall well-being—the individual's prosperity score.

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.

Such measures of poverty lack the precision, comprehensiveness, instructiveness, and conscientiousness we need to measure humanness, or human economic prosperity.

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

To achieve prosperity for the unprosperous, we need a proper—that is, comprehensive, instructive, dynamic, precise, and conscientious—way to measure individuals’ and communities’ social and economic status and progress, their well-being. 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
The following illustration shows an individual’s prosperity score, which differs from a community’s prosperity score, not shown below. More than 90 score factors (the actual measures of prosperity) are used to compute the prosperity score. The score factors follow after the illustration below.
Individual's prosperity score.
Factors That Compute the Prosperity Score
We use the following factors (the main categories) and their subcategories to compute the prosperity score. Each category can be expanded to reveal the subcategories that are used to compute the respective category 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 Opportunities Are Are We Pursuing?

To accomplish our goals, we focus on resolving the most significant factors that hinder prosperity

The unprosperous already have the intrinsic capacity to solve the problems that hinder them from realizing prosperity; they need only access to the inaccessible expertise and tools and resources—the prosperity information—which we can and will provide them with.

The problems noted below comprise the important factors that hinder the unprosperous from realizing prosperity and are thus the opportunities we are pursuing.

What We Do

Our exhaustive plan tackles prosperity for the unprosperous from every solvable angle

Our information supercomputer provides the unprosperous with realizable paths to prosperity via the following integrated services:

  • Inspiration and Enlightenment

    We inspire, enlighten, and equip the unprosperous with the necessary tools and resources they need—both individually and collectively—to pursue individual and collective prosperity.
  • Advancement and Innovation

    We create innovative programs and technologies and accumulate the necessary resources to help the unprosperous with realizable opportunities for prosperity. These include access to rewarding education towards rewarding careers, capital for entrepreneurship, and resources for innovation.
  • Aid Optimization

    We help organizations and governmental programs synchronize and coordinate and optimize to more effectively eliminate the factors of poverty.
  • Capitalism Optimization

    As the last three centuries have proven, the best economic system for creating liberty, empowerment, and economic prosperity for the unprosperous is market capitalism, notwithstanding its flaws. We are thus optimizing capitalistic opportunities (and improving them thereof) to help the unprosperous get on the path to prosperity.

In addition, “we exploit the blindspots of capitalism to improve the dynamism of the economy to directly improve the wealth and standard of living of the unprosperous," as is explained in our forthcoming book Universalprosperia.

If you are interested in learning more or funding AI Humanity and want to learn how our technologies and processes work and how they integrate to solve poverty and pathologically inequality, contact us via the Funders page. And if you are interested in working for AI Humanity, see the We Need You page.

Join Us: We Need You

Help create the safer, lovelier, more just society you want to see and experience

To provide the unprosperous with realizable paths to prosperity, even in just one city, let alone cities and rural communities across the globe, we need to hire and partner with relentless, innovative people who possess a revolutionary disposition and audacious spirit. How else can we help the unprosperous rise to universal comprehensive prosperity against nearly impossible odds? How else can we succeed where many others have failed for decades and even centuries and after spending hundreds of billions of dollars?

Help others even as you yourself find your purpose and path to fulfillment.


We need collaborators and experts in myriad areas of specializations. We are taking applications now. We need experts as part-time and full-time contractors as well as full-time employees over the coming weeks and months.

Some of the roles we need experts for include:

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Pilot Program

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 factors of poverty and the devastating problems in these communities exemplify the endemic institutionalized, social, economic, class, and race problems that have plagued impoverished communities throughout the United States for decades—the very problems AI Humanity has set out to solve.

There are nearly 17,000 abandoned homes and buildings in Baltimore, MD, a city with just 621,000 people.

abandoned homes in Baltimore

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.

Drug addiction and joblessness abound in West Virginia—the poorest state in the USA. Poverty and inequality have been devastating the young and old alike.

Joblessness and addiction abound in WV Photo Credit: Vice News

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.

Baltimore and West Virginia

Our Books

To accomplish our goals, we must enlighten, edify, mobilize, coordinate, heal, and inspire

For the unprosperous to overcome the barriers to individual and community success, realize lasting economic prosperity, and enjoy a purposeful and rewarding life in safe and prosperous communities, we need:

  • Inspiration and mobilization
  • Realizable paths to prosperity
  • Comprehensive and personalized road maps for specific groups and individuals
  • Trust, healing, confidence in, and togetherness among individuals in the same group and in competing and opposing groups
  • Cultural advancement beyond self-inflicted limits and outside oppression
  • Enlightenment on matters of our individual rights and civil liberties, social and ecological and environmental responsibilities, and so on
  • Apt partnerships and collaborations
  • And unadulterated knowledge of the most relevant subjects and actions needed for personal success and fulfillment and community prosperity.

We cover all these matters and more in our books.

Coming Fall 2020

Universalprosperia

More Desirable and Enduring than the American Dream

—The prosperity accessible to America’s Bottom 60%

and how we will attain it individually and collectively

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Universalprosperia in the Global South

A comprehensive road map for developing countries to better facilitate widespread prosperity for their citizens

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