Hume AI is a research lab and technology company. Our mission is to ensure that artificial intelligence is built to serve human goals and emotional well-being.

Vision

Our vision is a world where AI translates scientific insights into new ways to improve human emotional experience. Emotional awareness is the missing ingredient needed to build social media algorithms that optimize for user well-being instead of engagement metrics, digital assistants that respond with more nuance to your present state of mind, technologies that help animators create relatable characters, and much more.

Values

We’re committed to paving the way for prosocial AI while staying true to our values and principles:

Empathy

AI privy to cues of our emotions should serve our emotional well-being.

Beneficence

AI should be deployed only if its benefits substantially outweigh its costs.

Scientific Legitimacy

Applications of AI should be supported by collaborative, rigorous, and inclusive science.

Emotional Primacy

AI should be prevented from treating human emotion as a means to an end.

Inclusivity

The benefits of AI should be shared by people from diverse backgrounds.

Transparency

People affected by AI should have enough data to make decisions about its use.

Consent

AI should be deployed only with the informed consent of the people whom it affects.

All of our work is guided by the Ethical Guidelines of The Hume Initiative

Team

We are a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders driven by the pursuit of understanding human emotion and improving human well-being.

Alan Cowen, PhD

CEO + Chief Scientist

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor

Michael Opara

Machine Learning Engineer

Lauren Kim

Machine Learning Engineer

Panagiotis Tzirakis, PhD

AI Research Scientist

Jacob Metrick

Principal Software Engineer

Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

Computational Psychologist

Janet Ho

Chief Operating Officer

Alice Baird, PhD

AI Research Scientist

Chris Gregory

Machine Learning Engineer

Garrett Boseck

Software Engineer

Vineet Tiruvadi, MD, PhD

Product Manager

Chris Gagne, PhD

AI Research Scientist

John Beadle

Chief Financial Officer

Contact

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