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How to Prepare for the Inevitable Future with Artificial Intelligence


We’re living during SUCH an exciting time. Thanks to technology, there are more opportunities than ever before to follow our dreams, to do the work we love, and to make an impact on the world. But for many of us, it’s also a scary time. Some technological advances like artificial intelligence are becoming more and more sophisticated with each passing year, and a lot of uncertainty remains. 

This isn’t some conspiracy theory either. Some of the world’s most intelligent people fear what AI could turn into, and the devastating impact it can have if we aren’t careful — from taking away jobs to putting our privacy into question. All that said, artificial intelligence also has the power to change the world for the better too. In fact, my guest today is going to show us how it can actually save our world rather than destroy it. 

His name is Mo Gawdat. He’s the former Chief Business Officer at Google X and the current founder of One Billion Happy — and he’s just written a book on this very topic called, Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World. 

This was such an insightful conversation where Mo told me why he thinks AI can eventually cure cancer, help positively affect society’s collective mental health, how we should ethically approach this technology, and so much more. I think you’re going to gain a lot of value from this episode. Please help me welcome the one-and-only, Mo Gawdat, onto the show!

“The real pandemic is AI.” @MGawdat  

Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer of Google X, host of the popular podcast, Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat, author of the international bestselling book Solve for Happy, and founder of One Billion Happy. After a long career in tech, Mo has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world.

In 2014, motivated by the tragic loss of his son, Ali, Mo began pouring his findings into his book, Solve for Happy. His mission to help one billion people become happier, #OneBillionHappy, is his attempt to honor Ali by spreading the message that happiness can be learned and shared. In 2019, Mo co-founded T0day, an ambitious project that aims to reinvent consumerism for the benefit of consumers, retailers and our planet. In 2020, Mo launched his successful podcast, Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat, in which he conducts interviews that explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives.

I’ll be real here — artificial intelligence is going to impact each and every one of us in some way, shape, or form. I know it seems scary, and it doesn’t help that almost all of the discussion around AI today is negative. That’s why I think the information we cover in this episode is SO important. If we all know the positive impact AI can make on our world, then we’ll be in a better place to engage with it, control it, and be knowledgeable about the steps we need to take to make sure it does more harm than good.

And now, without further ado, please join me for Episode 1,168 of The School of Greatness!

“If we can teach the machines that happiness, compassion, and love are the only things that matter then we should be good.” @MGawdat  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do you reward AI?
  • What happens when you try to turn off an AI that is so much smarter than humanity?
  • How does an AI develop consciousness, ethics, and feelings?
  • How do we make sure that AI only learns the good things?
  • How can we set ourselves up for success knowing what we know about AI now?
  • Do you think AI could cure cancer?
  • How will AI impact or affect our mental health?
  • Any other high level things we should be aware of?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What artificial intelligence is.
  • The positive ways AI will affect our future.
  • The truth about what we need to be aware of with AI.
  • How to prepare for the inevitable future where AI plays a bigger role in society.
  • And much more…
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