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The Futures program aims to guide humanity towards the beneficial outcomes made possible by transformative technologies.


Guiding humanity towards beneficial outcomes

The Futures program aims to guide humanity towards the beneficial outcomes made possible by transformative technologies. By employing tools like storytelling, worldbuilding, scenario planning, research, and forecasting, we explore possible futures and determine actionable pathways. We then pinpoint the essential policies, decisions, and institutions needed to navigate these paths, and how best to deliver them. The program seeks to engage a diverse group of stakeholders from different professions, communities, and regions to shape our shared future together.

Our work

Futures Projects

Imagine A World Podcast

Can you imagine a world in 2045 where we manage to avoid the climate crisis, major wars, and the potential harms of artificial intelligence? Our new podcast series explores ways we could build a more positive future, and offers thought provoking ideas for how we might get there.

Artificial Escalation

Our new fictional film depicts a world where artificial intelligence ('AI') is integrated into nuclear command, control and communications systems ('NC3') with terrifying results.

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.

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.

Our achievements

Some of the things we have achieved

Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest

FLI partnered with 'Hollywood, Health and Society' (HH&S) to co-found the Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest which saw almost a hundred screenwriters compete to create stories set in future worlds that incorporate social equity, peace, sustainability, and beneficial AI.

AI Pathways Workshop with Metaculus

Over a two-day workshop, FLI worked with Metaculus Pro Forecasters and subject-matter experts (SMEs) to evaluate policy directions for reducing AI risk using scenario planning and forecasting methodologies.
Read the Workshop Report

Worldbuilding Podcast

Anthony Aguirre and Anna Yelizarova joined the FLI podcast to talk about our Worldbuilding contest, which invited teams from around the world to design visions plausible, aspirational futures with artificial intelligence.
Listen to the Podcast

ATX Festival Panel "AI&Us"

Our Director of Futures, Dr. Emilia Javorsky, appeared on a panel hosted by 'Hollywood, Health & Society' to discuss the topic "Artificial Intelligence & Us" on ATX TV in June 2023.
Listen to the live recording

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