Meia Chita-Tegmark

co-founder, the Future of Life Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Researches the big questions about how tech will affect humanity

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN

As co-founder of the Future of Life institute and a scholar researching the role of social information on children’s lives, Meia is really looking at the question, “What should we do, so that our children can flourish in the future?”

Whether it is deep learning, AI, bionic humans or nuclear power, Maia follows the threads to deeply understand the lasting impact of powerful technologies on mankind.

Hear her speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 about the ethics of technology. 

about THE FUTURE OF LIFE INSTITUTE

We have technology to thank for all the ways in which today is better than the stone age, and technology is likely to keep improving at an accelerating pace. We are a charity and outreach organization working to ensure that tomorrow’s most powerful technologies are beneficial for humanity.

With less powerful technologies such as fire, we learned to minimize risks largely by learning from mistakes. With more powerful technologies such as nuclear weapons, synthetic biology and future strong artificial intelligence, planning ahead is a better strategy than learning from mistakes, so we support research and other efforts aimed at avoiding problems in the first place.

We are currently focusing on keeping artificial intelligence beneficial and we are also exploring ways of reducing risks from nuclear weapons and biotechnology. FLI is based in the Boston area, and welcomes the participation of scientists, students, philanthropists, and others nearby and around the world. Here is a video highlighting our activities from our first year.

ITS 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.

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BIOGRAPHY

With a background in education and philosophy, Meia Chita-Tegmark has strong interests in the future of humanity and big picture questions. She conducts research at the Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University.

She is interested in a variety of topics in developmental psychology, such as atypical language development, attention mechanisms and learning strategies.