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Foresight Institute

Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.


The world’s problems are not solved by the same mindset that created them. Foresight Institute selectively accelerates technologies that can have huge benefits for the world. We believe that the future can be incredibly bright if the right actions are taken today. Whether it’s nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, or biotechnology, we are at a crucial point in history where we are about to develop tools that are more powerful than anything that came before. Driven with strong values (see below), we guide and support the development of transformative tools that unlock humanity’s potential for a flourishing future.

Foresight Activities

Foresight supports beneficial innovation at a systems level.

Our ongoing efforts include public talks, media appearances, advocacy, and engagement with institutions. Our Technical Workshops attract luminaries and domain experts from diverse fields. We follow a ‘magic’ recipe inspired by design thinking to make ideas and exchanges happen that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. Besides the creation of lifelonglife-long bonds and collaborations, projects hatched at the workshops have attracted millions in funding. Our next technical workshop is Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Progress on September 30 – October 1, 2016.

Menlo Park, California – Foresight Institute, a leading think-tank for transformative future technologies, announced that Julia Bossmann has joined the organization as president.

“Julia’s breadth of vision for atomically-precise construction, artificial intelligence, and other transformative technologies will bring new energy to Foresight,” says Foresight co-founder Christine Peterson.
Bossmann holds a Masters degree with highest honors in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Dusseldorf and USC. Her professional experience includes scientific research in labs in Germany and in the USA, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, R&D at Bosch Research and Technology, and entrepreneurship atAnticip8 and Synthetic. Bossmann is a GSP alumna at Singularity University and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

Foresight’s mission is to


Speed development of world-changing technologies such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence for good.


Promote beneficial uses of these revolutionary technologies


Engage with decision-makers across the planet for a stable, prosperous future

Find and reward genius
Bring R&D Innovators together
Roadmap the goal
Build community & vision

Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges

Foresight’s focus on advancing beneficial nanotechnology includes both delivering the ultimate opportunities of advanced nanotechnology and harvesting the near-term benefits of incremental advances in current nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our efforts are turned to guiding nanotechnology research, public policy and education to address six major challenges that humanity faces.

Enabling Space

Enabling Space Development

Heavy demands on resources and raw materials are creating challenges on earth, whereas…

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Information tech

Information Technology Available To All

Humanity will need to cooperate as we respond to disasters and critical threats to our…

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Enabling Space

Healing and Preserving the Environment

As a set of fundamental technologies that cuts across all industries, nanotech can…

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Enabling Space

Improving Health and Longevity

Humans are living longer lives, yet infectious diseases and cancer continue to kill…

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Information tech

Providing Renewable Clean Energy

Balancing humanity’s energy demands while protecting the environment is a major…

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Enabling Space

Supplying Clean Water Globally

The demand for fresh water is increasing. Considering the current rate of consumption and.

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