The world's problems are not solved by the same mindset that created them.
Foresight Institute is a 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation for world-shaping technologies. We support technological developments towards an abundant future.
The philosophy behind our workshops
Energy Workshop Recap
A short recap of our May event, Atomic Precision for Energy
What we do
Foresight Institute steers emerging and world-shaping technologies for beneficial purposes and has done so for 30 years. It is our mission to spark innovation across multidisciplinary fields such as molecular machines, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence. We serve as a nexus for innovation to catalyze research, reward excellence, restrain recklessness, and create community aimed at the long-term flourishing of humanity and the biosphere.
We incubate brains
We're launching a new initiative. The Foresight Fellowship supports exceptional technologists, inventors, and innovators. We select for quality of work, courage, and consideration for the future of the world. The Fellowship class will launch in 2017. Get involved now!
We educate for change
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 The Great Debates of Our Times on November 19 to fight out what humanity's path should look like. Join us!
We catalyze research
Our Technical Workshops attract luminaries and domain experts from diverse fields. We follow a 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 most recent technical workshop was Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Progress on September 30 - October 1 2016.
We restrain recklessness
Our ongoing efforts include public talks, media appearances, advocacy, and engagement with institutions. We have crafted the Foresight Guidelines and the Foresight Nanotech Roadmap which act as a guidepost for the development of beneficial nanotechnology. Go to the archive.
We prize revolutionaries
The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, established in 1993, awards outstanding scientific work in theoretical and applied nanotechnology. Read about our past laureates.
Who we are
United by a passion for future technologies and the drive to improve the state of the world
President & CEO
Julia Bossmann is the president of Foresight Institute. Previously she founded at Synthetic, co-founded Anticip8 Analytics, and conducted research of coming technologies at Bosch Research & Technology. She is a McKinsey fellow, Singularity University GSP graduate, and World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Her academic background is in Neuroscience and Psychology where she holds a MSc with highest honors. She speaks on AI, innovation, the future, and how technology transforms society. In 2016 the World Economic Forum appointed Julia as member of the Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
COO & Treasurer
Steve Burgess is a nanotechnology activist, tech writer & speaker, startup mentor, and an internationally recognized computer forensics consultant. A founder of the data recovery industry in 1984 and a pioneer of today’s burgeoning computer forensics and electronic discovery industry, Burgess is active as a digital forensic specialist and testifies widely as an expert witness in the field.
Steve has reported on Japan’s space programs, contributed various Nanotech Glossaries, is the author of "The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance," contributor to the text, "Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases," and regularly writes on cyberissues, tech tips, and CSI stories found at http://burgessforensics.com/articles.php
Co-founder & Projects director
Christine Peterson is Co-founder and former President of Foresight Institute. She lectures and writes about nanotechnology, AI, and longevity. Christine leads Foresight’s technical workshops and Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. She is co-author of Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution (Morrow, also free online) and Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work (knOwhere Press, also free online).
She advises the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, National Space Society, startup Ligandal, and the Voice & Exit conference. She coined the term ‘open source software.’ She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from MIT.
Dr. Jim Lewis
Research Analyst & Technical Editor
Jim received a BA (University of Pennsylvania, 1967), MA and PhD in chemistry (Harvard University, 1968, 1972). After postdoctoral research in molecular biology at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (1971-1973), Jim continued research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1973-1980), finishing as a Senior Staff Investigator, and then as an Associate Member, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (1980-1988). He joined the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute as a Senior Research Investigator (1988-1996). Since 1996 he has been working with Foresight, and as a consultant on nanotechnology.
Allison coordinates Foresight’s programs, e.g. workshops, public events, publications. She holds a Cum Laude MSc from the London School of Economics, where she developed a moral framework for Artificial General Intelligence. She seeks to apply good philosophy to aid the longterm well-being of current and future species. Allison participated in the McKinsey Venture Academy for Social Enterprises and moderated a Global Young Leaders Conference meeting on aid at the World Bank. She planned TEDx talks, workshops and conferences for governments, private companies, think tanks and NGO’s in Germany, France, Colombia, the UK and the US.
Director of Engagement
Maya provides public relations, communications and business development services for organizations who want to increase their visibility and form valuable strategic partnerships. She has worked with venture capital and startup clients, including Richard Branson's 2015 Extreme Tech Challenge as their publicist. Maya's background includes 15+ years as an analyst, leading implementation, training and more with Meditech, UCSF Medical Center, and Symantec. She frequently hosts workshops and salons that engage the public in authentic storytelling. She enjoys empowering new ideas, building strong relationships, and developing our collective potential.
Marcia Seidler, Event Coordination
Miron Cuperman, IT
Ben Harper, IT
Tad Hogg, Reports
Tammy Kettler, Accounting
Terry Miller, Financial Advice
David Sohn, Legal Counsel
Gene Takagi, Corporate Counsel
Stewart Brand, Long Now Foundation
Peter Diamandis, M.D., The X PRIZE Foundation
Jamie Dinkelacker, Ph.D., Google, Inc.
John Gilmore, Electronic Frontier Foundation
C. Christopher Hook, M.D., Mayo Clinic
Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University
Prof. Amory B. Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Prof. Glenn H. Reynolds, University of Tennessee
Peter Schwartz, Salesforce.com
James R. Von Ehr II, Zyvex Labs
And make a difference for our world's future.
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