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jonnie penn

Jonnie Penn

Boston, USA

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 a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, an internationally renowned keynote speaker, a Google Technology Policy Fellow, and a Rausing, Williamson, and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar researching artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Cambridge.
Jonnie is passionate about helping citizens and companies make sense of how emerging technologies like AI will shift civic, political, and economic norms. He has spoken at Harvard Law School, Amazon, TED, HSBC Private Banking, and hundreds of other major institutions around the globe. He has consulted with companies such as General Motors, Verizon, and Viacom, as well as with government bodies in Canada, the UK, and the European Commission.

In 2018, Jonnie will join the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society to research AI & Governence in their Assembly cohort. He serves on the IEEE’s Working Group on a Standard for Child and Student Data Governance (IEEE P7004). As a teenager, he founded The Buried Life, a popular online community that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?”

Jonnie’s work has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC News, and more. Oprah Winfrey called Jonnie’s vision “truly inspiring.”

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What do you want to do before you die?


What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? is an illustrated collection of your wildest dreams. Two hundred of the most moving, imaginative, amusing, and thought-provoking things to do before you die are brought to life through handmade art curated by Dave, Duncan, Jonnie and Ben–the founders of The Buried Life.

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