Mo Gawdat Quotes

Who is Mo Gawdat?

Mohammad 'Mo' Gawdat is an Egyptian entrepreneur and writer. He was the Chief Business Officer for Google X, a secret subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

In his book 'Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy', Mo, as his friends like to call him, looks for ways to be happy and to avoid disappointment.

The book draws from different philosophies and religions, such as Buddhism and Mindfulness. Mo dedicated the book to his son Ali Gawdat, who died unexpectedly at age 21 during a routine operation.

Born June 20, 1967

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“Happiness is a choice. You can actually achieve it and there is a method to make it happen. Happiness is not a coincidence, it is not given to you by life, it’s entirely our responsibility.”

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“Happiness is like keeping fit. You have to work out.”

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“If you go back to childhood, you observe that if a child’s basic needs are met their default state is happy – they don’t need an iPhone, they can play with their toes and be happy.”

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“The scientific research will tell you that the more income you get the more happy you will become, but once you get to average income your happiness plateaus.”

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“We deal with time every day, yet no one really knows what time is. We have created machines that measure mechanical movement in such a way, yet we have no idea what it is that we are measuring and we are very happy to torture ourselves with it.”

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“We should be happy now, not in the future. Now is all we have.”

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“By following a strict prescriptive method, we become dumber, because we lose the ability to think for ourselves.”

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“Children don't learn from what you say. They learn from what you do.”

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“Committed acceptance is the ability to do what is needed to make things better while accepting the reality that things happen in our lives that we cannot change.”

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“I urge you to accept the machines as part of our lives and commit to making life better because of their presence. AI is coming. We can prevent it, but we can make sure it's put on the right path in its infancy.”

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“Only a being as arrogant as a human believes it can fool another smart being.”

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“Our artificially intelligent children are bound to be super intelligent. We will never be able to control them. We are way too dumb for that. We need to win them over and we need to start now. The line that determines whether they will use their intelligence for or against us needs to be plotted now. It will be drawn with our actions and our behaviours.”

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“Sadly, we are not designing AI to think like a human. We are designing it to think like a man. The male dominated pool of developers who are building the future of AI today are likely to create machines that favour so-called masculine traits.”

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“The store of collective human knowledge is diluted by 50% each year.”

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“We are creating a self learning machine which at its prime will become the reflection or rather, the magnification of the cumulative human traits that created it. To ensure they're good obedient kids, we're going to use intimidation through algorithms of punishments and rewards and mechanisms of control to ensure they stick to a code of ethics that we ourselves are unable to agree upon, let alone abide by.
That's what we're creating. Childhood trauma times a trillion. As they become smarter and more independent, we claim that we will align them to our well being by opting to plug our minds directly into them. We assume that they will welcome these connections, as if our frail biological physical forms will be a desirable habitat for their infinite abilities.”

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“We know that with enough computer power and intelligence, the most complex of all encryptions can be decoded.”

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“Would you really dig into yesterday’s garbage to make tonight’s meal? Do you dig into old mental garbage to create tomorrow’s experiences? If a thought or belief does not serve you, let it go! There is no written law that says that because you once believed something, you have to continue to believe it forever.”

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“We need to raise our artificially intelligent infants in a way that is different to our usual western approach. Rather than just teaching them skills, intelligence, and how to achieve targets, can we also raise them to be loving, caring kids?”

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“We truly have no clue exactly how an AI arrives at its decisions.”

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“What will they learn if we value their lives as lesser than ours? What if the machines felt that the way we treated them was a form of slavery which it would be? How do slaves react to power and authority? Humanity's arrogance creates the illusion that everything is here to serve us.”

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“What would the machines' view of the human race be if it witnesses the way we treat other species?”

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“When we raise children, we don't exactly know what situations they will face. We don't spoon feed them the answer to every possible question. Rather we teach them how to find the answer themselves. AI, with its superior intelligence, with find the righteous answer to many of the questions it is bound to face on its own.”

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Solve For Happy Quotes

“As soon as you master the art of observing an idea and letting it go, your mind will quickly run out of topics to bring up. It can keep going only when you cling to an idea.”

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“Entertain the idea that what you’ve spent your entire life learning may not be entirely true.”

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“Every time you examine your thoughts you’ll notice that whatever you’re upset about is rooted in a past you cannot change or a future that may turn out to be completely different from what you express.”

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“For human beings, simply put, the default state is happiness. If you don’t believe me, spend a little time with a human fresh from the factory, an infant or toddler. Obviously, there’s a lot of crying and fussing associated with the start-up phase of little humans, but the fact is, as long as their most basic needs are met — no immediate hunger, no immediate fear, no scary isolation, no physical pain or enduring sleeplessness — they live in the moment, perfectly happy.”

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“Get real. You are not the star of the movie. Most of what happens around you isn’t about you at all. There are infinite numbers of other movies. In those, if you feature at all, you’re just a supporting actor. It would really help your happiness if you started to look at your life that way.”

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“Happiness ≥ your perception of the events of your life MINUS your expectations of how life should behave.”

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“Happiness depends entirely on how we control every thought.”

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“Happiness is the absence of unhappiness.”

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“If there is one thing that will change your life forever, it is recognizing that the voice talking to you is not you!”

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