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jonnie penn

Jonnie Penn

speaker location icon 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, television personality, and a Rausing, Williamson, and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar researching artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Cambridge. He is an affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and Project Development Lead at the Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence. He has held fellowships at the MIT Media Lab, Google, and the British National Academy of Writing (via Pembroke College). He volunteers on the IEEE’s P7004 Working Group and on MIT Media Lab/IEEE’s Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI).

Jonnie is passionate about helping others discover purpose in their work by (re)contextualizing seemingly rapid civic, technological, and economic trends. His latest research applies to the Future of Work for Millenials and Post-Millennials in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has served as an expert speaker at the United Nations, European Parliament, and UK House of Lords, as well as for global corporations and NGOs. He co-organized the AI for Social Good workshop at NeurIPS 2018 and will co-organize the same event at ICLR 2019. His thoughts on the future of AI research have been featured most recently in The Economist, IBM Think Leaders, PwC, and elsewhere. (Please note, invitations to all male panels will be declined.)

As a teenager, Jonnie founded The Buried Life, a popular online community that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?” His 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.”

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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