The Future of Humanity Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford.  It enables a select set of leading intellects to bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.  The Institute belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy and is affiliated with the Oxford Martin School.

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Now Hiring Researchers — March 2015

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI) safety within the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University. This post is fixed-term for 2 years from the date of appointment.

Research on Moral Trade — March 2015

FHI researcher Toby Ord has published recent research on moral trade in Ethics. Differing ethical viewpoints can allow for moral trade, arrangements that improve the state of affairs from all involved viewpoints.

Allocating Existential Risk Mitigation Across Time — March 2015

In a recent technical report, Dr. Owen Cotton-Barratt discusses how we ought to allocate existential risk mitigation effort across time. The primary finding is that all else being equal we should prefer work earlier and prefer to work on risks that might come early. 

Existential Risk and Existential Hope: Definitions — February 2015

In a recent report, FHI researchers examine the strengths and weaknesses of two existing definitions of existential risk, and suggest a new definition based on expected value. This leads to a parallel concept: ‘existential hope’, the chance of something extremely good happening. 

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