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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Occasional announcements from FHI.

Moral Uncertainty: Toby Ord Book Release

Very often we are uncertain about what we ought, morally, to do. How should we make decisions in the face of such uncertainty? Moral Uncertainty, new book by William MacAskill, Toby Ord & Krister Bykvist, tackles this question. https://tinyurl.com/y5vebafq Decision-making in the face of fundamental moral uncertainty is underexplored terrain: William MacAskill, Krister Bykvist, and […]

The Windfall Clause: Distributing the Benefits of AI

Over the long run, technology has improved the human condition. Nevertheless, the economic progress from technological innovation has not arrived equitably or smoothly. While innovation often produces great wealth, it has also often been disruptive to labor, society, and world order. In light of ongoing advances in artificial intelligence (“AI”), we should prepare for the […]

The Vulnerable World Hypothesis

Scientific and technological progress might change people’s capabilities or incentives in ways that would destabilize civilization. This paper introduces the concept of a vulnerable world: roughly, one in which there is some level of technological development at which civilization almost certainly gets devastated by default, i.e. unless it has exited the “semi-anarchic default condition”.

DPhil Scholarships Applications Open

FHI will be awarding up to six scholarships for the 2021/22 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, […]

Toby Ord contributes to UN Human Development Report 2020

The UN’s latest Human Development Report features a 7-page piece by Toby Ord on existential risk and the protection of humanity’s longterm potential. Toby said of the piece: I’ve long admired the HDR, and referred to it often when I worked on global poverty. So it’s great to be able to give something back, and […]

The New Yorker writes a profile on Toby Ord and The Precipice
Earlier this year Toby Ord, a Senior Research Fellow at FHI, published The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. In The Precipice, Toby argues that safeguarding humanity's future is among the most important moral issues of our time. Toby has recently had related  pieces published in Project Syndicate and The Economist. The New [...]