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Our work

An overview of the type of work we do, and all of our current and past projects.

Work areas

Our areas of work

We work on projects across a few distinct areas:


We perform policy advocacy in the United States, European Union, and United Nations.
Our policy work


We produce educational materials aimed at informing public discourse, as well as encouraging people to get involved.
Our outreach work


We provide grants to individuals and organisations working on projects that further our mission.
Our grant programs


We convene leaders of the relevant fields to discuss ways of ensuring the safe development and use of powerful technologies.
Our events

Our achievements

Our most important contributions

Here are a few of our proudest achievements:

Hosted the first AI Safety conferences

We were the first to convene leading figures in the field of AI to discuss our concerns about potential safety risks of the emerging technology.
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Created the first AI Safety grant program

From 2015-2017, we ran the first ever grant program dedicated to funding AI Safety projects. We currently offer a range of grant opportunities for projects that forward our mission.
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Developed the AI Asilomar Principles

In 2017, FLI coordinated the development of the Asilomar AI Principles, one of the earliest and most influential sets of AI governance principles.
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Celebrated 18 unsung heroes with Future of Life Awards

Every year since 2017, the Future of Life Award has celebrated the contributions of people who helped preserve the prospects of life.
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Produced viral video series raising the alarm on lethal autonomous weapons

We produced two short films, with a combined 75+ million views, depicting a world in which lethal autonomous weapons have been allowed to proliferate.
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AI recommendation in the UN digital cooperation roadmap

Our recommendations on the global governance of AI technologies were adopted in the UN Secretary-General's digital cooperation roadmap.

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What we're working on

Here is an overview of all the projects we are working on right now:

Mitigating the Risks of AI Integration in Nuclear Launch

Avoiding nuclear war is in the national security interest of all nations. We pursue a range of initiatives to reduce this risk. Our current focus is on mitigating the emerging risk of AI integration into nuclear command, control and communication.

Future of Life Award

Every year, the Future of Life Award is given to one or more unsung heroes who have made a significant contribution to preserving the future of life.

Educating about Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Military AI applications are rapidly expanding. We develop educational materials about how certain narrow classes of AI-powered weapons can harm national security and destabilize civilization, notably weapons where kill decisions are fully delegated to algorithms.

Strengthening the European AI Act

Our key recommendations include broadening the Act’s scope to regulate general purpose systems and extending the definition of prohibited manipulation to include any type of manipulatory technique, and manipulation that causes societal harm.

Strengthening the NIST AI Risk Management Framework

Our feedback on the first draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) AI risk management framework addressed extreme and unacceptable risks, loyalty of AI systems and the risk management of general purpose systems.

Future of Life Institute Podcast

A podcast dedicated to hosting conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and doers in the field of emerging technology and risk reduction. 140+ episodes since 2015, 4.8/5 stars on Apple Podcasts.

Worldbuilding Competition

The Future of Life Institute accepted entries from teams across the globe, to compete for a prize purse of up to $100,000 by designing visions of a plausible, aspirational future that includes strong artificial intelligence.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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