The story of FLI began in 2014 with a desire to develop positive visions for the future of life enabled by technological stewardship. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence will bring ever grander opportunities – and challenges – and our goal is to ensure that the growing power of our technology is matched by growing wisdom for managing it. Our focus as an organization is on anticipating and addressing potential existential risks caused by future technology, from nuclear and biotech to AI, to safeguard our global climate and prosperity and enable a truly inspiring future of life.
The continued existence of life on Earth is a goal we can all get behind, but there are real threats that put our future at risk. The Future of Life Institute is one of the only organizations in the world working directly to diminish those threats. As a small nonprofit, FLI relies 100% on donations to fund our work. While we’re fortunate to have received some large donations to tackle big problems, 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). As we seek to educate more people about the threat of existential risks and to develop and implement new and unique solutions, we need your help.
At FLI, our list of project ideas is longer than the number of hours we have in a day. More funding would empower us to grow and execute more of them. Below is a summary of the kind of work we have done so far as an organization and the type of projects your donations might help support in the future.