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.

Alan Cowen, PhD

CEO + Chief Scientist

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor

Janet Ho

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Kim

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Michael Opara

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Panagiotis Tzirakis, PhD

Senior AI Research Scientist

Jacob Metrick

Principal Software Engineer

Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

Computational Psychologist

Alice Baird, PhD

AI Research Scientist

Chris Gregory

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Garrett Boseck

Senior Software Engineer

Vineet Tiruvadi, MD, PhD

Product Manager

Chris Gagne, PhD

AI Research Scientist

Zach Krall

Creative Technologist

Yini Shi

Senior Frontend Software Engineer

Haoqi Li, PhD

AI Research Scientist

Nathan Leung

Machine Learning Engineer

Franc Camps-Febrer

Lead Data Visualization Engineer

Jake Marlo

Product Operations

Moses Oh

Machine Learning Engineer

James Cha-Earley

Head of Developer Relations

Zachary Greathouse

Senior Developer Relations Engineer

Michael Wu

Machine Learning Engineer

Matt Forte

Creative Producer

Brenton McMenamin

Senior Data Engineer


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