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.


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.


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


AI should serve our emotions and never treat them as a means to an end.


AI should first and foremost enhance the emotional well-being of society.


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


AI should be built to remain safe and beneficial in ever-shifting environments.


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


If AI has unintended effects, it should be possible to ascertain why.


AI should never use people’s data in ways that aren’t in keeping with their own preferences.

All of our work is guided by the Asilomar AI Principles


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

Dr. Alan Cowen

CEO + Chief Scientist

Dr. Dacher Keltner

Chief Scientific Advisor

Michael Opara

Applied Research Scientist

Lauren Kim

Applied Research Scientist

Dr. Panagiotis Tzirakis

AI Research Scientist

Jacob Metrick

Principal Software Engineer

Dr. Jeffrey Brooks

Psychology Research Scientist

Janet Ho


Alice Baird

AI Research Scientist

Chris Gregory

Applied Research Scientist

Garrett Boseck

Software Engineer

John Beadle



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