The Future of Life Institute (FLI) in Boston has the mission to “catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.”

AI is a major focus of FLI.  Their AI Open Letter is a call to action to ensure safety of AI.  Their short summary “The Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence” is an excellent introduction into the controversies surrounding the subject, listing also some vital information resources.  The list of founders and supervisory board of the FLI reads like a “who’s who” of the AI development industry and renowned scientists.

The Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre  within the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford is a joint Oxford-Cambridge initiative developing strategies and tools to ensure artificial intelligence (AI) remains safe and beneficial.

The Centre has two primary lines of research.  The ‘technical’ group aims to solve the technical challenges of building AI systems that remain safe even when highly capable.

The Centre’s ‘strategic’ group focuses on areas such as preventing AI arms races between groups, the possible dynamics of an intelligence explosion etc., by utilizing game theory, microeconomics, forecasting, agent based modelling, and Bayesian inference, typically informed by results in machine learning, neuroscience, biological evolution, and the social sciences.  An example is Nick Bostrum’s Paper Strategic Implications of Openness in AI Development.

The UBS Bank has an informative summary about AI called The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence, easily digestible and with good graphics.  Obviously UBS is taking AI very seriously and has a well-informed team!

Also Citibank, in partnership with the Oxford Martin (Business) School, has authored an excellent report called The Future Is Not What It Used to Be with well-researched and documented forecasts for short-term effects on employment and global inequalities.

Mediapost features an excellent weekly newsletter AI-Insider talking about the latest developments in AI, with a bit of a marketing focus. is an excellent source of all the latest stories surrounding all future technologies.  One interesting article is the ‘Brainternet’ an experiment in neural-lacing connecting the brain to the internet. publishes the Kurzweil AI Newsletter which serves excellent source of all the latest stories focusing primarily on AI.

more to come