The Future of Humanity Institute was established in 2005 with funding from the Oxford Martin School (then known as the James Martin 21st Century School). Direct funding from the School ended in 2012, while new donors continue to support its work.
Since its establishment, the Institute has grown into a world-renowned interdisciplinary centre of research on long term and big picture questions for humanity. The last few centuries have seen tremendous change, and this century might transform the human condition in even more fundamental ways. Using the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science, researchers explore the risks and opportunities that will arise from technological change, weigh ethical dilemmas, and evaluate global priorities. The Institute's goal is to clarify the choices that will shape humanity’s long-term future.
Professor Nick Bostrom, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, remains connected with the Oxford Martin School through his role as Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and maintains close collaborative research endeavours across the programmes.
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See below for a summary timeline of selected activities from 2005-2012:
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