Support the Future of Life Institute

2020 has been a disastrous year.  We’ve been reminded that terrible things can happen on a global scale, and we’ve been unpleasantly surprised by the inadequacy of our civilization’s response.

And the sad truth is that it did not have to be quite this bad: we could have been much better prepared to mitigate or even prevent some of the disasters we’re seeing.  How did we get here? Niel deGrasse Tyson quipped, “You know it’s true… Every disaster movie begins with a scientist being ignored.”

So when scientists look farther into the future, what keeps them up at night?  Runaway AI. Synthesized plagues. Nuclear Armageddon.  Possibilities that make COVID-19 look mild in comparison.  

FLI is one of just a handful of organizations that takes these truly global catastrophic risks and existential threats to humanity seriously, and works to prevent them.  But we really need your help.

While we’re fortunate to have received some large donations, those donations are often designated for specific projects and/or re-granted as research grants, leaving very little general purpose funding. (If you’re interested in how our funding is allocated, please see our annual reports: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Please consider donating today, so that there is literally is a tomorrow.  Only half joking here.

Our Mission

We are a charity and outreach organization working to ensure that tomorrow’s most powerful technologies are beneficial for humanity. With less powerful technologies such as fire, we learned to minimize risks largely by learning from mistakes. With more powerful technologies such as nuclear weapons, synthetic biology and future strong artificial intelligence, planning ahead is a better strategy than learning from mistakes, so we support research and other efforts aimed at avoiding problems in the first place.


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Donation Total: $5.00 One Time

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In order to make an offline donation we ask that you please follow these instructions:

  1. Make a check payable to “Future of Life Institute”
  2. On the memo line of the check, please indicate that the donation is for “Future of Life Institute”
  3. Please mail your check to:
Future of Life Institute
PO Box 706
Brighton, MA

Please include a note with an email address or mailing address so we can provide a tax receipt.

Where will your donation go?

  • Facilitating AI alignment and developing beneficial artificial intelligence
  • Mitigating the risks of nuclear war 
  • Creating and implementing international standards and laws around lethal autonomous weapons
  • Filling funding gaps where current large donations are not allotted 
  • Creating more podcasts that take a deep-dive into subjects related to existential threats
  • Writing more in-depth articles about the various issues and the work being done to solve them
  • Developing new graphics to help visualize threats and solutions
  • Developing a new video series about existential risks and expanding our Youtube
  • Expanding and improving the website
  • Broadening global awareness about the increasing threats we face and how to address them
  • Supporting people and groups who are working on solutions to these threats
  • Steering us toward a future more beneficial for all

FLI is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, so your donations will be tax exempt in the United States. If you need our organization number (EIN) for your tax return, it\’s 47-1052538.