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 executes transformative programs and policies to help the unprosperous rise to prosperity.
Overview of AI Humanity
As noted on our homepage, we are using the principles of information theory to create an information supercomputer to solve global poverty and pathological inequality.
Our work focuses on two interrelated areas:
Our information supercomputer—a multidimensional information-processing system that encapsulates local and global economic realities, material needs, entropic surprises, dozens of multidisciplinary determinants and processes, and our technological programs and innovations—can provide any individual with all the resources (from urgent aid to personal enlightenment to rewarding career to patient capital for entrepreneurship and innovation) that he or she needs to get on the path to prosperity.
Collective and community prosperity:
Because institutionalized factors—at the international, national, organizational, local, and cultural levels—both ignite and stifle economic success (and also perpetuate poverty), we help such institutions (from small, rural communities to large countries) resolve the economic entropy, alleviate the factors of poverty, amplify the factors of prosperity, and capitalize on the unrecognized opportunities and untapped potential in their communities. This will allow communities to optimize their capabilities and cultivate ample opportunities for prosperity for the majority of their citizens.
Our Pilot Program
Our pilot program is scheduled to begin in Baltimore, Maryland in January 2020 and West Virginia sometime thereafter.
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, over the last six decades, the most successful attempts to solve global poverty have made small and notable (sometimes even significant) differences in some places but have failed to alleviate much of poverty in most places and have failed to create opportunities for widespread prosperity.
Why has humanity struggled to solve poverty after spending over $5 Trillion over 50 years?
Global poverty (including poverty within many rich countries like the United States) is highly complex and no single solution (not aid, not taxing the rich to redistribute wealth, not "giving money to the poor and getting out of the way," not changing laws to “level the playing field,” not economic modeling and fiscal and monetary engineering, etc.) alone can alleviate widespread poverty and help the majority of the unprosperous find realizable paths to prosperity.
Most attempts to solve poverty and pathological inequality have ignored many of the most significant factors of poverty and have failed to address many of the overarching problems that keep the unprosperous in absolute poverty, relative poverty, and economic under-self-sufficiency—in both developed and developing countries.
The single-solution strategies, such as aid or policy alone, and even two or three or four such solutions together, have exacerbated poverty in many communities and countries and have helped to some degree in others, but have not solved the overarching problem of poverty and pathological inequality.
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 scores of developing countries, many of which have gotten poorer over the last five decades.
In addition, innumerable charities, philanthropies, NGOs, and local and state and national governments (many highly ineffective) spend hundreds of billions to help the unprosperous in developed and developing countries—with shockingly little success to show for their efforts.
Why specifically have poverty and widespread prosperity proven elusive to resolve?
The main points are worth repeating succinctly and clearly: Because of the following reasons, humanity has not succeeded in solving poverty and pathological inequality and ushering in widespread prosperity in most unprosperous communities and countries:
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.
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.
Third, since the factors of prosperity are rarely addressed in unprosperous communities, the unprosperous are left stuck in a state of dependency, without the opportunities and mechanisms for getting on the path to prosperity.
AI Humanity uses an exhaustive set of solutions, abstracted in our information supercomputer, to create better opportunities for the unprosperous
We believe that to successfully alleviate 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., rewarding education sufficient rewarding careers, patient 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 an information supercomputer capable of resolving multiple significant factors of poverty simultaneously. And we have devised a process—parallel simultaneity principle—to alleviate the most significant factors of poverty at the same time, in the areas where we operate. For more on this principle, see the Our Unique Parallel Simultaneity Principle section below.
Our information supercomputer uses artificial intelligence, the reason for "AI" in our name. And it includes a series of interconnected programs, macroeconomic and microeconomic policies, offline and online processes, and real-time analyses and assessments—all of which integrate to eliminate the factors of poverty in the communities and countries where we operate.
More Information on How Precisely Our Technologies and Processes Work
For details on what specifically we do to alleviate 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!