Future of Humanity Institute

FHI investigates what we can do now to ensure a long flourishing future.

FHI is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. Academics at FHI bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy and social sciences to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute is led by Founding Director Professor Nick Bostrom.

Humanity has the potential for a long and flourishing future. Our mission is to shed light on crucial considerations that might shape that future.  Learn more…

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Reframing Superintelligence: Comprehensive AI Services as General Intelligence

Reframing Superintelligence Abstract: Studies of superintelligent-level systems have typically posited AI functionality that plays the role of a mind in a rational utility-directed agent, and hence employ an abstraction initially developed as an idealized model of human decision makers. Today, developments in AI technology highlight intelligent systems that are quite unlike minds, and provide a […]

FHI Publication at NeurIPS 2018

A recent paper by FHI researcher Stuart Armstrong and former intern Soren Mindermann (now at the Vector Institute) has been accepted at NeurIPS 2018. The paper, Impossibility of deducing preferences and rationality from human policy, considers the scenario in which AI system learns the values and biases of a human agent concurrently. This extends an existing […]

Deciphering China’s AI Dream

This report examines the intersection of two subjects, China and artificial intelligence, both of which are already difficult enough to comprehend on their own. It provides context for China's AI strategy with respect to past science and technology plans, and it also connects the consistent and new features of China's AI approach to the drivers [...]

Project Manager (application deadline on 24th April)

Applications are invited for a high impact Project Manager for FHI’s Macrostrategy research group – senior researchers who investigate which crucial considerations are shaping what is at stake for the future of humanity. Macrostrategy research is developing better intellectual tools for analyzing the connections between current actions and long-term outcomes, and applying these to key decision-relevant […]

FHI DPhil Scholarships applications launched

The Future of Humanity Institute is delighted to open applications to its new DPhil Scholarships programme. The scholarships are open to incoming Oxford DPhil students whose research seeks to improve the long-term prospects of humanity, and offer full funding as well as office space within FHI. See here for more information about the program and […]

Join the Director’s office to improve the outlook of the long-term future

THESE POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED Executive Assistant We will be hiring two Executive Assistants for the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), a multidisciplinary research centre. We are looking to recruit one Executive Assistant to support the Director of the Institute, Professor Nick Bostrom, and a second Executive Assistant to support Senior Researchers at the Institute […]