The Future of Humanity Institute’s mission is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on big-picture questions for humanity. We seek to focus our work where we 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 at least some useful new insight. Through this work, we foster more reflective and responsible ways of dealing with humanity’s biggest challenges.
Our work spans four programmatic areas. Within these areas, we pursue a number of specific research projects.
- Global catastrophic risks
- Human enhancement
- Applied epistemology and rationality
- Future technologies
We use a diverse set of methodological tools, drawing on both scientific theory and data and on techniques of analytic philosophy. The specifics depend on which particular research question is being addressed. In addition to relying on our in-house multidisciplinary expertise, we frequently collaborate with external experts.