About

Artificial intelligence. Biosecurity. Risk management policy.

These are some of the defining long-term challenges of our time. Our future, and that of our children and grandchildren, depends on our ability to rise to these challenges. As the UK emerges from the tragedy of Covid-19 and seeks opportunities for global leadership, there is no better time to give these challenges the attention they deserve. 

 

Our mission is to help achieve this - to put long-term resilience at the heart of society. We focus in particular on extreme risks - high impact threats that have a potentially global reach, such as pandemics and risks relating to the unsafe development of artificial intelligence. 

ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE

IMPROVING RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH FUNDING

BIOSECURITY AND PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

INCREASING AWARENESS OF EXTREME RISKS

Our Approach

Having worked in government, we understand how difficult it can be to prioritise what is most important over what is most urgent. We are here to help.

We facilitate access to the expertise of leading academics who work on some of the most important long-term challenges of our time. We help them convert cutting edge research into actionable recommendations that are grounded in the UK context. We are independent, politically neutral, and funded through public donations and philanthropy. 

Our Focus

Our recent work:

  • Future Proof, a roadmap setting out how the UK Government can improve its resilience to extreme risks, and assessing its current level of focus on each of these risks.

  • A proposal for a philanthropic prize to incentivise the development of clinical metagenomics, a potentially game-changing new technology to help defend society against emerging biological threats. 

  • A proposal for a new ‘three lines of defence’ mechanism to improve the UK Government’s ability to identify and manage extreme risks, with a Chief Risk Officer at its centre.

  • proposal to create a new UK National Institute for Biological Security, to ensure that post-Covid19 biosecurity policy goes beyond ensuring preparedness for naturally occurring pandemics, and focuses on even more serious threats such as biological weapons and laboratory escapes.

  • Recommendations for how the UK’s new research agency, Aria, can create the culture and structures it needs to succeed.

  • Recommendations for how the UK’s defence procurement policy can help ensure the safe development of new technologies.

  • Presentations for teams across the UK Government on the nature of extreme risks, and how they can be managed.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about our recent projects, or how we might be able to support your work.