FHI explores 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, social sciences, and science 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 our future.

The Doomsday Invention

Nick Bostrom asks: will we engineer our own extinction? Read the full New Yorker piece here

Understanding which crucial considerations shape what is at stake for the future of humanity.

Examples of work include:

See our macrostrategy research area page for more details.

Understanding how geopolitics, governance structures, and strategic trends will affect the development of advanced artificial intelligence.

Examples of work include:

See our Center for the Governance of AI page for more details.

Researching computer science techniques for building safer artificially intelligent systems.

Examples of this work include:

See our AI safety research area page for more details.

Working with institutions around the world to reduce risk from especially dangerous pathogens.

Examples of our work include:

This is a growing area of work for us and we expect to publish significantly more soon


Researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute have originated or played a pioneering role in developing many of the concepts that shape current thinking about humanity’s deep future. These include: existential risk, astronomical waste, the simulation argument, nanotechnology, the great filter, infinitarian paralysis, prediction markets, and analysis of superintelligence, brain emulations scenarios, human enhancement, transhumanism, and anthropics.


We work closely with the Centre for Effective Altruism, DeepMind, OpenAI, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.  Our researchers regularly give advice to philanthropic foundations, industry leaders and governments.