EAF’s main focus lies in the activities of its projects. Both within the context of these projects as well as independently, EAF has published several policy papers. They serve as a means of initiating and progressing public discourse around global, socially relevant questions. The papers are based on two simple questions: what are the most pressing issues facing the world, and what is the most effective way to solve them?

To date, EAF and its projects have published policy papers on the following topics:

Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Risks

Artificial intelligence (AI) and increasingly complex algorithms currently influence our lives and our civilization more than ever. As AI capacity improves, its field of application will grow further. This technological progress is likely to present us with historically unprecedented ethical challenges. Many experts believe that alongside global opportunities, AI poses global risks, which will be greater than, say, the risks of nuclear technology. Furthermore, scientific risk analysis suggests that high potential damages should be taken very seriously even if the probability of their occurrence were low.

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Cultured Meat

Industrial livestock production is a growing global problem for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and human health. One solution could be cultured meat (also called "in vitro" or "clean" meat), for which animal tissue is grown in a controlled environment using cell culture technology. This could make the raising and killing of animals for meat obsolete. Cultured meat shows great potential as a humane, sustainable and healthy form of meat production.

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Fundamental Rights

Nonhuman primates are highly complex beings, possessing intrinsic, essential interests in life and bodily and mental integrity. As current legal provisions around the world fail to accommodate these interests, we conclude that nonhuman primates should be granted fundamental rights, to guarantee that these essential interests are respected. In this paper, we propose a scientific and moral basis for such rights, and provide several arguments for why such rights are needed. We conclude by suggesting a number of ways to implement fundamental rights to life and physical as well as mental integrity for nonhuman primates.

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Sustainable Food

In recent decades, society has become accustomed to a way of eating that promotes global warming, aggravates world hunger and water shortages, fails to ensure food security, harms our health, and violates Switzerland's constitutional principle of dignity for animals. As most of the problem stems from a high consumption of animal-derived foods, the solution will involve a shift towards plant-based eating.

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Reducing suffering among invertebrates such as insects

Invertebrates such as insects, spiders, worms and snails likely feel pain, so we should take action to prevent their suffering, as their large number and the severity of the harms they endure may mean that their current suffering amounts to an ethical disaster. We recommend actions that can and should be taken in several areas.

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