BERI’s mission is to improve human civilization’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. Our main strategy is to identify technologies that may pose significant civilization-scale risks, and to promote and provide support for research and other activities aimed at reducing those risks.

What we do

Human civilization currently lacks a sufficiently coordinated and influential effort to ensure the continued existence of our species. BERI wants to help solve that problem, fast. We've identified a few organizations that are staffed with full-time researchers working to reduce existential risk, who we’re committed to helping in their missions, including:

  • CHAI - the Center for Human Compatible AI at UC Berkeley,
  • CSER - the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University,
  • FHI - the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University,
  • MIRI - the Machine Intelligence Research Institute in Berkeley, CA.

We think of these organizations and their surrounding networks as forming what we call “the x-risk ecosystem”—a network of think tanks, non-profits, individual researchers, philanthropists, and others, all working to reduce existential risk. Our goal is to support this ecosystem by providing a source of flexible funding and nimble human capital for its most important and neglected projects. So far, our grants program has allocated approximately $1.7 million in grants and support projects, and currently holds approximately $6.8 million in funding (updated 2018-01). Through a combination of grant-making and direct collaboration, we hope to add another vector of coordination to the x-risk ecosystem, by finding and solving problems that are common across organizations, and accelerating humanity’s progress toward eliminating existential risks.

Interested in getting things done and fostering cooperation in the x-risk ecosystem? We’re hiring…