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Jonnie Penn

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Founder of "The Buried Life"

Author of New York Times best-seller "What do you want to do before you die?"

Google Fellow, and expert in Artificial Intelligence

Jonnie Penn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? He is an expert on artificial intelligence and an internationally renowned keynote speaker. Jonnie has spoken at Harvard Law School, Amazon, TED and hundreds of other major institutions around the globe. His groundbreaking message has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC News, and more. Oprah Winfrey called Jonnie’s life work “truly inspiring.”

After the death of a teenage friend, Jonnie set out to ask others, “What do you want to do before you die?” With three mates, he hit the road to accomplish the world’s most audacious bucket list. For each item checked off, the group help a total stranger live out a dream of their own. By crossing off everything from “Deliver a Baby” to “Play Basketball with President Obama,” from “Have a Beer with Prince Harry” to “Make a £250,000 Donation to Charity,” Jonnie has inspired millions to find new leadership within themselves.

In his private life, Jonnie studies artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Cambridge. He has held placements at Google, MIT, and McGill University. He is passionate to help citizens and corporations make sense of how AI will alter our social and cultural landscape in the years to come. He explains how AI will alter our sense-of-self, such as our goals, relationships, and labor norms. Using historical examples, he shows a pathway to future growth both personal and collective.

A documentary about The Buried Life by acclaimed director Brent Hodge is forthcoming (2019). 1.1 million people follow The Buried Life online. Jonnie is currently a Rausing, Williamson and Lipton scholar at the University of Cambridge and a Google Fellow.

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