Although there exists a few research institutions that focus on future studies, existential risk, and technology, nearly every researcher in the field agrees that we need to dedicate more attention and resources to study the forces that will shape the future of human society.
The existing research institutes are typically academic in nature, and not easily accessible by the public. This presents a challenge to researchers, as many insist that there is an urgent need to raise awareness on a global scale.
Telos aims to contribute to this field of knowledge through the creation of a research institute. The mission of the Telos Foundation is to support research of the most critical issues to the future of humanity, and to promote their understanding in the general public. The Telos Foundation aims to be a leading research center in the study of future human society. With an orientation towards the future, the Foundation hopes to contribute to the generation of a proactive approach to mitigating risk and ensuring a future in which all people can lead meaningful lives.
The primary function of the Telos Foundation will be to award fellowships to distinguished and promising thinkers. Fellowships will be awarded for research into the following areas:
Social and economic implications of technological advance
Future-oriented public policy
Fellows will receive financial support and resources to assist in the production of new knowledge and insight in this field. They will gain access to a network of current and former fellows, in addition to the thought leaders that are more broadly connected to Telos.
Fellows will be expected to produce work, but the form that takes is not specified. They will also be expected to work closely with Telos Media, including interviews, consultation, and direct contributions. This connection to the media organization is a crucial component of the Foundation’s commitment to promoting understanding in the public.