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Foresight Institute advances crucial science and technology for the long-term flourishing of life. We believe that, in addition to directly addressing existential risks, one relatively neglected area for impact is to directly support differential technology development in areas that make great futures more likely. We focus on working groups to advance:

  1. Molecular Machines for atomically precise control of matter
  2. Biotech & Health Extension to reverse aging and improve cognition
  3. Computer Science to secure decentralized human AI cooperation
  4. Existential Hope to catalyze beautiful futures

+30 years of Foresight

Biotech & Health Extension

A group of scientists, entrepreneurs, funders, and institutional allies who cooperate to advance biotechnology to reverse aging, extend human health pans, and improve cognition.

 

 

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Molecular Machines Group

A group of scientists, funders, and institutional allies who cooperate to advance molecular machines and long-term progress toward atomic precision for applications in energy, medicine, material science, space development.
 

 

 

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Intelligent Cooperation Group

A group of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in computer science, ML, cryptocommerce, and related fields who leverage those technologies to improve voluntary cooperation across humans, and ultimately AIs.

 

 

 

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Foresight: Existential Hope

A group of aligned minds who cooperate to build beautiful futures from a high-stakes time in human civilization by catalyzing knowledge around potential paths to get there and how to plug in.

 

 

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Ayusman Sen, Pen. State University | Design and Applications of Self-Powered Chemical Nanobots

Ayusman Sen is the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Chemistry at the Penn State Elberly College of Science. His research focuses on self-powered nano and micromotors and pumps. He received numerous honors and awards, including the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Humboldt Prize. He is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and won a Medal by the Chemical Research Society of India.

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David Friedman, James Bennett | Space Development Property Rights & Legal Considerations

David D. Friedman, son of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, is a leading proponent of anarcho‐capitalism, the theory that the state is an unnecessary evil and that all services, including the law itself, can be provided by voluntary cooperation in the private economy.
While Friedman holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. He is the author of five books of non‐fiction as well as the novels Harald and Salamander. In The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, Friedman argued that an economic analysis of impact of state action points to an anarchist conclusion. In Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, he shows how directing the law to seek economic efficiency can lead to the achievement of justice.

James Bennett, Board of Directors, Foresight Institute
Legal Considerations for Commercial Space Development James C. Bennett has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Internet Transactions Transnational, Inc. and serves as a consultant to clients in the space, communications, and other technology enterprises. He is writing and speaking on technological developments and public policy and is a contributor to two books including 2020 Forecast and the best-selling The ReEmerging Japanese Superstate in the TwentyFirst Century . He is on the Board of Advisors for the National Space Society, a public interest group promoting the development of space.

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Job Boekhoven, Tech. Universität München | Regulating Molecular Assemblies with Chemical Reactions

Job Boekhoven holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Groningen, where he majored in organic chemistry, and a PhD degree (2012) in chemistry from Delft University of Technology, both in the Netherlands. Before his appointment at TUM, he was a Rubicon postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago. In January 2016 Boekhoven was appointed Rudolf Mößbauer Professor at TUM, heading a research group in supramolecular materials.The research group of Job Boekhoven aims at developing conceptually new supramolecular materials through non-equilibrium self-assembly. The platforms developed in the lab will be used for a wide range of applications, including healthcare and robotics. Research in the group is heavily bio-inspired and uses organic, physical and supramolecular chemistry as its toolboxes.

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Adam Marblestone Marblestone & Ben Reinhardt | FRO & PARPA: Innovating in Scientific Innovation

“The goal is to work on coordinated research programs that are a little bit too research for startups and too engineering coordination heavy for academia.”

Adam Marblestone is a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow and a Senior Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists. He was previously a research scientist at Google DeepMind, was the Chief Strategy Officer of the brain-computer interface company Kernel, and co-founded BioBright LLC. He has been recognized with a Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award. He received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.

Ben Reinhardt is setting up a private ARPA (www.benjaminreinhardt.com/parpa-2-pager) to go after things that are too “researchy” for startups, too engineering-heavy for academia, and too weird for the government. In the past he was an EIR at Entrepreneur First in Singapore where he helped ambitious people build teams and companies. Before that he was a different kind of EIR Susa Ventures and tried to use robots to help older adults stay at home longer. Deeper in the past, he taught computers to understand the world at Magic Leap. He used to build tractor beams for space robotics at Cornell.

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Adam Marblestone on FRO: www.dayoneproject.org/post/focused-research-organizations-to-accelerate-science-technology-and-me...
Ben Reinhardt on PARPA: benjaminreinhardt.com/parpa-2-pager.pdf

Previous Foresight recordings:
Adam Marblestone & Jose Luis Ricon on Rejuvenome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VdmAqoEvF0
Ben Reinhardt & Adam Marblestone on the Artificial Ribosome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXurvsxmNjM

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