Conquering addictions with AI algorithms | Gabe Zichermann | TEDxSanFrancisco

There are more than 800 million people victims of addictions in the world and Gabe Zicherman shares how we’ve always used technology to make things more addictive but it has become more extreme because of the use of algorithms. At the same time he explains how these very same algorithms can be used to conquer addictions.
Gabe Zichermann is the CEO & Co-Founder of Onward and the principal experience architect of the company’s scalable, AI-driven approach to conquering addiction. Gabe is a serial entrepreneur, author of three books and speaker with over a decade of experience building systems for behavior change. He is also the world’s foremost expert on engaging design and technology whose work in creating the Gamification movement has changed government, large enterprise and startup workplaces, products and business processes. After watching family and friends battle their addictions, Gabe’s vision is to foster a world where balanced relationships between “real life” and technology make everyone healthier, happier and more truly connected. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at