The Foundational Research Institute (FRI) seek to identify and prioritize effective and cooperative strategies for reducing involuntary suffering. Due to the enormous ethical importance of the long-term future, their research focuses on the risks for dystopian futures, especially those arising from new technologies such as artificial intelligence.
FRI work across disciplines, with a focus on normative ethics, decision theory, and computer science. Its most important contributions in this context include developing ethical positions that prioritize the prevention of suffering, conceptualizing suffering risks (short: s-risks), and extending the justifications for cooperative decision-making heuristics.
The results of FRI’s research are intended to influence relevant actors within AI research and the effective altruism movement. At the same time, they also inform the prioritization and work of the Effective Altruism Foundation. As Director, Lukas Gloor is also responsible for the foundation’s strategic direction and advises the management.
FRI Director: Lukas Gloor
“Lives aren’t worth less just because they will exist in the future. That is why we should do everything in our power to shape society in such a way that future generations do not have to endure any kind of involuntary suffering—in whatever form it may arise.”