Our mission

We conduct and coordinate research on how to do the most good in terms of reducing suffering, and support work that contributes towards this goal.

Our priorities

We currently focus on efforts to reduce the worst risks of astronomical suffering (s-risks) from advanced artificial intelligence. We want to prevent a situation similar to the advent of nuclear weapons, in which careful reflection on the serious implications of this technology took a back seat during the wartime arms race. As our technological power grows, future inventions may cause harm on an even larger scale—unless we act early and deliberately. Together with others in the effective altruism community, we want careful ethical reflection to guide the future of our civilization to the greatest extent possible.

This priority is premised on the beliefs that

  • as an organization, we should do whatever has the highest expected value;
  • future lives matter as much as current lives, and we expect most individuals to exist in the long-term future;
  • there is a significant chance that advanced artificial intelligence will shape the future in profound ways, and cause harm on an unprecedented scale;
  • there are actions we can take right now to mitigate these risks.

We’ve been refining our thinking on how to do the most good for the past 7 years. Our priorities may change as we continue to learn more about how the future will unfold and which strategies and interventions are most impactful.

Our activities

  • Research: If we take seriously the idea that most of our impact will be in the long-term future, we have to understand how to have a predictable, significant, and lasting influence. To this end, we pursue interdisciplinary research with a focus on philosophy, economics, and computer science.
  • Research coordination: We want to enable independent researchers and organizations in the fast-growing fields of effective altruism and AI alignment to contribute to our mission. We run research workshops, provide operational support, and coach individuals on their career plans.
  • Fundraising & Grantmaking: We make grants to organizations and individuals in our priority areas to enable them to do the most good they can. By sharing the lessons we learn from this work, we hope to inspire others to approach philanthropy in a similar manner.

How to reach us

Get in touch with us by email:

Germany

Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus
Hardenbergstraße 9
10623 Berlin

Switzerland

Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus
Efringerstrasse 25
4057 Basel

United States

Effective Altruism Foundation, Inc
71 Stevenson Street Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please note that we do not accept any funding applications.


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