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Shaping Artificial Intelligence Through Smiles and Compassion

May 20, 2018 New York, NY – Here is Mo Gawdat’s moonshot, and the reason he left Google [X] as chief business officer to dedicate the rest of his life to #onebillionhappy:


“We’re living in our grandparents’ science fiction era. While we develop solutions intended to make our lives easier and richer, nearly one fourth of all people worldwide are clinically depressed, with a greater number unhappy and dissatisfied. Happiness has taken a back seat to material success.” – Mo Gawdat
“Just like an 18-month-old infant, artificially intelligent machines learn by observing our modern world. They see a world full of illusions, greed, obsessions, ego and disregard for other species. We need to fill the world with compassion and kindness if this is what we want to pass on to future generations.” – Mo Gawdat
Why #onebillionhappy?
“By 2029 the intelligence of the machines we’re building will likely surpass our own human intelligence and, believe me, machines are learning from the value system they observe. We now have a choice – Are we going to value greed, selfishness and fear? Or love, compassion and trust?” – Mo Gawdat
“How do you contain these artificially intelligent machines? 
You don’t.The best way to raise wonderful children is to be a wonderful parent.”- Mo Gawdat
Realizing that – despite his success – he was terribly unhappy, Mo began building his happiness model in 2001. A systems engineer by profession, he attacked the problem by examining provable facts and applying logic. Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm was put to the ultimate test after the sudden death of his son, Ali. In dealing with this devastating loss due to a medical error, Mo found his mission: to continue Ali’s peaceful legacy by helping as many people as possible become happier.
“Happiness is a choice, and we have the power to shape a happy future.” – Mo Gawdat
Join the #onebillionhappy global movement:
  1. Make happiness a priority for yourself; share your happiness – pay it forward
  2. Tell two people about #onebillionhappy; ask them to tell two people. It’s an exponential movement that will change the world.
  3. Share the #onebillionhappy video.
  4. Visit #onebillionhappy.org to learn more and sign up for enews updates.
About #onebillionhappy
Making one billion people happy is Mo Gawdat’s goal in life. This personal moonshot is Mo’s mission to deliver his happiness message to one billion people around the world to honor the peaceful life of his son, Ali, who passed away unexpectedly during a routine medical procedure.
About Mo Gawdat
After working for IBM and Microsoft, Mo landed a job at Google and helped start the platform in more than 50 emerging markets across the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. He then joined Google [X] as chief business officer and lived at the cutting edge of technology. Mo Gawdat is the author of Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy, an international bestseller translated in 28 languages. He left Google [X] in March 2018 to dedicate the rest of his life and resources to #onebillionhappy.
Solve for HappyAbout Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path To Joy
(Gallery Books Trade Paperback; January 2, 2018)
Mo Gawdat’s book shares an engineer’s search for happiness, a topic traditionally approached from a spiritual or psychological perspective. Through 12 years of research, Mo created an algorithm to reach a state of happiness regardless of life’s circumstances. Mo believes that no matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we’ve experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.