What we do
Foresight supports beneficial innovation at a systems level.
Our ongoing efforts include public talks, media appearances, advocacy, and engagement with institutions.
Our Technical Workshops attract luminaries and domain experts from diverse fields. We follow a 'magic' recipe inspired by design thinking to make ideas and exchanges happen that wouldn't otherwise happen. Besides the creation of lifelong bonds and collaborations, projects hatched at the workshops have attracted millions in funding.
Our next technical workshop is Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Progress on September 30 - October 1 2016.
We have crafted the Foresight Guidelines and the Foresight Nanotech Roadmap which act as a guidepost for the development of beneficial nanotechnology.
Our Conferences and Unconferences are open events where we engage the public on topics related to our mission. We employ a mix of talks and facilitate self-emergent groups and projects.
The next unconference is Will Technology Eat The World? Technological progress and the future of our society on November 16 2016.
The Foresight Fellowship features innovators from the fields of world-changing technologies. We select for quality of work, courage, and consideration for the future of the world.
The first Fellowship class will launch in 2017.
Lastly, we never rest to improve our approach, challenge our assumptions, scout recent developments, and test new ideas.
Who we are
Foresight Institute steers technology to solve humanity's challenges. A bright future requires action today.
Foresight Institute selectively accelerates technologies that can have huge benefits for the world. We believe that the future can be incredibly bright if the right actions are taken today.
Whether it's nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, or biotechnology, we are at a crucial point in history where we are about to develop tools that are more powerful than anything that came before. Driven with strong values, we guide and support the development of transformative tools that unlock humanity's potential for a flourishing future.
Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.
Foresight's mission is to:
Solar-powered nanostructures for the desalination of ocean water
Artificially intelligent modeling for scientific breakthrough
Atomically precise structures to fight neurodegenerative disease
Nanofactories capable of general-purpose, high throughput atomically precise manufacturing
Ability to manufacture practically anything compatible with physical law for the price of agricultural products
Automated systems for engineering design powered by machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence
United by a passion for future technologies and the drive to improve the state of the world
President & CEO
COO & Treasurer
Co-founder & Projects director
Program manager & Development
Research analyst & Technical editor
We are currently reinventing ourselves after having made a difference in technologies for 30 years.
We are working on multiple events and projects, have new leadership, and have a new website in the making. At this point in time, your input can make a big difference to our future directions! Click here to see our legacy website with access to reports, events, and documents from the past 30 years.
Impressions of a past workshop hosted by Foresight Institute.
And make a difference for our world's future.
We rely on private donations to do everything we do. Because Foresight Institute is an accredited 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your contributions are fully tax-deductible.
What we believe in
A few of our values
Life should flourish
Technology is great when it solves more problems for the state of the world than it creates. Its end is to contribute to better lives, a better world, and after that, to expand the light of consciousness throughout the universe. Life is an infinitely valuable system, and everything we do is first and foremost to make life flourish.
Effectiveness and Resourcefulness
We are committed to focusing our energy on producing the best possible future. That also means that we optimize impact per dollar for the donations we receive. Our network effects model has produced good results, where thousands of dollars spent have resulted in millions in government funding for our technologies. Besides that, we retain a resourceful start-up attitude and constantly look for ways to have an effective impact. We won't take "well, we tried" for an answer.
Listen, understand, and anticipate
Einstein allegedly said “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Before choosing our initiatives, activities, and workshop topics, we ensure we're at the edge of technological progress, knowledge about developments in the world, and mindful ways to have an impact. Learning about the latest developments is an ongoing effort that is expected from every member of the organization.
Great power = great responsibility
Powerful tools can create vastly positive outcomes for the state of the world. But if applied without caution, they also bring potential risks for devastation. Foresight Institute practices transparent advocacy of the responsibility that novel technology brings throughout all levels of society. Along with the development of beneficial technologies, we promote efforts to ensure their safety as well as their contribution to freedom and justice. At the same time we understand that powerful new technologies are necessary to ensure humanity’s long-term survival and flourishing. Inaction can be just as dangerous as the wrong action.
This takes honesty and courage. We defend our independence from ideology, relentlessly challenge our beliefs and practices for possible bias, and don’t shy away from the hard questions.
Our vision is to enable everyone to live more capably and free in a world that is stable, peaceful, and just. Flourishing life is diverse, colorful and complex. Free from suffering, healthy, and alive as long as they desire, humanity will be empowered to grow wise, understand reality without limit, travel, build, explore, enjoy—to flourish.