Mission

The Future of Humanity Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford.  It enables leading researchers to bring the tools of mathematics, science, and philosophy to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.

We focus our research where we think it can make the greatest positive difference. This means we pursue questions that are (a) critically important for humanity’s future, (b) unduly neglected, and (c) for which we have some idea for how to obtain an answer or a useful new insight.

Our work is currently organised around two main themes: artificial intelligence and macrostrategy.  In AI we build an understanding of the growing capabilities in this field and do technical research on the control and alignment problem; we also study the policy implications of advanced AI.  In macrostrategy, we analyze the connections between long-term outcomes and present actions, looking for crucial considerations that point to opportunities for high-leverage interventions.

We work closely with the Centre for Effective Altruism, DeepMind, OpenAI, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.  Our researchers regularly give advice to foundations, philanthropists, and governments.

Excellence

Researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute have originated or played a pioneering role in developing many of the concepts that shape current thinking about humanity’s deep future. These include: existential risk, astronomical waste, the simulation argument, nanotechnology, the great filter, infinitarian paralysis, prediction markets, and analysis of superintelligence, brain emulations scenarios, human enhancement, transhumanism, and anthropics.