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Humanity's Future

Future of Humanity Institute

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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Director

Nick Bostrom

Professor Nick Bostrom

Professor of Philosophy

Fellows

Stuart Armstrong

Dr Stuart Armstrong

Research Fellow
Daniel Dewey

Daniel Dewey

Alexander Tamas Fellow
Carl Benedikt Frey

Dr Carl Benedikt Frey

James Martin Research Fellow
Vincent Müller

Professor Vincent Müller

Professor of Philosophy
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Academic Project Manager
Toby Ord

Dr Toby Ord

James Martin Research Fellow
Anders Sandberg

Dr Anders Sandberg

Research Fellow

Associate