Future of Life Foundation
FLF's mission is to steer transformative technology towards benefiting life and away from extreme large-scale risks.
The Future of Life Foundation's (FLF's) mission is to steer transformative technology towards benefiting life and away from extreme large-scale risks, with approaches that include developing and supporting institutions contributing to this goal.
The term 'transformative technologies' refers to technologies including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence ('AI'), nuclear technology, bioengineering, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. These technologies represent huge opportunities for increasing human health and well-being if managed properly. for example, advanced AI could dramatically increase the pace of scientific discovery and invention. Advanced biotechnology could increase human health and protect against disease. New nuclear technologies, AI, and biotech could all contribute to new and better solutions for meeting the world's energy needs. However, transformative technologies also entail large-scale extreme risks that could threaten civilization, or even life as a whole. For example, engineered viruses could cause pandemics far worse than COVID-19, nuclear war could kill a large fraction of all humans and other life on Earth, and AI could be incorporated into dramatic new weapons.
FLF engages in a range of initiatives aimed at increasing the benefit and decreasing or mitigating the downside risk of these technologies, with a primary focus on determining what potential new organizations could add the most value toward this mission and causing those to be founded and well-executed.
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