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


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.


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


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


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


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

Chief Operating Officer

Alice Baird

AI Research Scientist

Chris Gregory

Applied Research Scientist

Garrett Boseck

Software Engineer

John Beadle



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