Future of Humanity Institute

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.

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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 [...]

Future of Humanity Institute DPhil Scholarships

FHI will be awarding up to two scholarships for the 2020/21 academic year for DPhil students starting at the University of Oxford whose research aims to answer crucial questions for improving the long-term prospects of humanity. Candidates will be considered from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to computer science, economics, international relations, [...]

Research Assistant to Director, Future of Humanity Institute

[Applications have now closed for this post.] Applications are invited for a Research Assistant for Professor Nick Bostrom, Director of FHI. We are looking for a general-purpose research assistant willing to conduct research on diverse topics meaningful to the work of the Director. We are able to sponsor a visa for applicants who do not […]

Website and Media Outreach Manager

[Applications have now closed for this post.] Applications are invited for a Website and Media Outreach manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining FHI’s website, social media outreach, and providing design support. The duties of this post are expected to evolve and change in response to the rapid advance of software technology and […]