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Science and Technology are rapidly unlocking unfathomable opportunities for our future.

Much of our attention is focused on the threats to human existence. Little is focused on ideas for what to aim for instead.

Join us in mapping the space of both risks and possibilities which lie before us, with the hope that such knowledge empowers coordination towards flourishing futures.

We invite you to explore positive futures, exchange ideas, and join a global community across future-positive organizations and projects.

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Existential Hope Special on Worldbuilding | Anthony Aguirre & Anna Yelizarova from Future of Life Institute
Existential Hope Podcast: Chiara Marletto | The Science of Can and Can’t and The Possibilities of Physics
The Existential Hope Podcast: Christine Peterson | On a Positive Turning Point for Human Longevity

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These 8 People May Have Saved Your Life

July 28, 2022

This is the story of 8 real-life heroes, who found themselves in extraordinary situations, with significance beyond themselves. In the face of resistance & personal risk, they decided to act for the good of all life on Earth. August 6, FLI announces this year's winners of the FLI award.

Future Forum

July 6, 2022

Future Forum just launched! This is a 4-day event bringing together 250 promising individuals from across communities; drawing from Effective Altruism, Emergent Ventures, Silicon Valley tech, Progress Studies, and more. Apply to join!

A booster against Existential Angst

June 27, 2022

Lou de Kerhuelvez on inoculating against existential angst. Given currently looming existential risks — it’s legitimate to doubt whether we’ll make it through. But this is why we need to build immunity against despair, now more than ever.

Fill out this census if you could see yourself doing longtermist work

June 27, 2022

Often it’s really helpful to know who might be good at or potentially some day willing to join exciting projects. This form aims to collect information to be able share it with longtermist orgs entrepreneurs and funders.

Future Fund

June 19, 2022

Future Fund makes grants to nonprofits and individuals, and investments in socially-impactful companies.

FLI's Worldbuilding Winner

June 13, 2022

The Future of Life Institute has presented the winner of their Worldbuilding contest! Read to find a positive envisioning of a world with AGI.

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CHRISTINE PETERSON

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Chiara Marletto

imagine A Society Where Everyone Is Able To Think Freely And Creatively

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About the Scientist

Chiara Marletto is a physicist at Oxford University, and author of the book “The Science of Can and Can’t”, where she writes about the concept of counterfactuals and constructor theory. This is a new and different approach to physics where the idea is that the physics most of us are familiar with is mirrored in a way that is very limited. There is a large class of things that science has neglected, and according to this theory, there are questions of what is and isn’t possible, which could provide scientific explanations to many questions in the long run. Those unwilling to bring this concept to science prevent us from making progress on certain fundamental problems. In her Existential Hope podcast she speaks about how humans can think in ways that allow endless creativity. This is what creates resilience for humanity and its survival. If we could achieve a state in which all people are able to think freely and not need to worry about day-to-day problems that have to do with survival, like being hungry or trying to pay rent, we could achieve an ideal situation (similar to what Plato had): Time to think freely, to be creative, and to consider various problems. Scientists try to create this in their lives, time and space where they can just think about problems freely and in peace. But it's currently too narrowly present in humanity. It's a very utopian scenario but there might be a way to get there. Consisting of two elements: We know that technology is supporting us in ways that bring people beyond the subsistence level where they can actually just be creative.

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About the ArtisT

Julie Berger Lindh is a Norway-based 3D artist specializing in 3D/CGI. Focusing on introspection within a world of escapism, she creates hazy, surreal moments from other-worldly places.

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Mark Miller on Existential hope
Mark Miller (Agoric, Foresight Institute) interviewed on Existential Hope and Foresight Institute, during Vision Weekend 2018.
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Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute) interviewed on Existential Hope and Foresight Institute, during Vision Weekend 2018.
Existential Risk and Existential Hope | Toby Ord
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