Existential Hope

Generating common knowledge to catalyze cooperation towards beautiful futures.



“A great design appears at first insane; \ But chance will soon seem quaint and blind, \ And such an exemplary thinking brain \ Will soon by thinkers be designed”
- Goethe, ‘Faust’





Hope & Fiction


  • pretty comprehensive list by Future of Life Institute on AI safety orgs
  • Aiimpacts.org
  • AIsafety.com - virtual reading list on AI safety, meets every Wednesday
  • Partnership on AI - Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.
  • Machine Intelligence Research Institute - MIRI’s artificial intelligence research is focused on developing the mathematical theory of trustworthy reasoning for advanced autonomous AI systems.
  • OpenAI - OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company that aims to promote and develop friendly AI in such a way as to benefit humanity as a whole
  • DeepMind - AI company, bought by Google. Has strong safety focus. Now established Deepmind Ethics & Society Unit
  • Center for Human-Compatible AI - CHAI’s goal is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.
  • Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Artificial Intelligence - A global community to ensure that AI benefits all of humanity
  • Future of Humanity Institute - Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) is multidisciplinary research institute working on Existential Risk at the University of Oxford.
  • Future of Life Institute - a volunteer-run research and outreach organization in the Boston area that works to mitigate existential risks facing humanity, particularly existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence
  • Foresight Institute - Foresight Institute is a leading non-profit research organization focused on technologies of fundamental importance for the human future, focusing on molecular machine nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.