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.


Quarterly news and 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”.

FHI is hiring Researchers, Research Fellows, and Senior Research Fellows

We have opened researcher positions across all our research strands and levels of seniority. Our big picture research focuses on the long-term consequences of our actions today and the complicated dynamics that are bound to shape our future in significant ways. These positions offer talented researchers freedom to think about the most important issues of […]

CEO, Future of Humanity Foundation (Applications Open)

The Future of Humanity Foundation (FHF) is looking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to aid in the setup of the organisation and execution and its operations. FHF is a new organisation which will support the work of the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford. FHF will support FHI by hiring […]

FHI’s Research Scholars Programme – Applications Closed

The Future of Humanity Institute’s Research Scholars Programme is hiring a second cohort of research scholars, likely to start in Spring 2021. It is a selective, two-year research programme, with lots of latitude for exploration as well as significant training and support elements. We will offer around eight salaried positions to early-career researchers who aim […]