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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FHI Publication at NIPS 2018

A recent paper by FHI researcher Stuart Armstrong and former intern Soren Mindermann (now at the Vector Institute) has been accepted at NIPS 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 [...]

New report on the malicious use of AI

FHI is pleased to announce the publication of a report involving several of our researchers, entitled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation.” This report was written by researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute, the Center for the Study of Existential Risk, OpenAI, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for a [...]

Website and Communications Officer

FHI is excited to invite applications for a full-time Website and Communications officer. The post is fixed-term for 24 months from the date of appointment. The role holder will be responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy for all activities of the institute. S/he will develop and maintain FHI’s website and social media presence, […]

Predicting Slow Judgments

A recent FHI project investigated whether AI systems can predict human deliberative judgments. Today’s AI systems are good at imitating quick, “intuitive” human judgments in areas including vision, speech recognition, and sentiment analysis. Yet some important decisions can’t be made quickly. They require careful thinking, research, and analysis. For example, a judge should not decide […]

FHI Publication at NIPS 2018

A recent paper by FHI researcher Stuart Armstrong and former intern Soren Mindermann (now at the Vector Institute) has been accepted at NIPS 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 […]