Operationalize ethics and foundational thinking
Our in-house support initiatives embed machine ethics in product development processes and corporate ethics in decision-making processes
Great engineering achievements alone do not necessarily bring humanity forward and often bring a new set of long-term challenges and social costs
Developing long-lasting solutions to the world’s toughest problems requires rigorous philosophical thinking and deep ethical commitment on top of breakthrough engineering
OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
Monthly meetings between our portfolio companies and the brightest minds in ethics & public policy to help our founders navigate deep, product-related ethical dilemmas & build strong operating values
Dr. Sarah Sewall
Dr. Sarah Sewall is EVP for Policy at In-Q-Tel. She is a former under Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Harvard professor.
Dr. Marianna Ganapini
Marianna B. Ganapini (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Union College, a Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) & a Fellow at ForHumanity. With MAIEI, she is also developing an ethics of AI curriculum aimed at bridging the gap between ethics, governance and real world solutions. With For Humanity she is working on an Independent Audit of AI Systems. Her academic research lives at the intersection between the philosophy of mind and psychology.
Dr. Matthew Liao
S. Matthew Liao is Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Professor of Global Public Health, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author or editor of over 60 articles in philosophy and bioethics and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the BBC, Harper’s Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, Scientific American and other media outlets.
Dr. Ben Holguin
Ben is an analytic philosopher whose research focuses on the nature of knowledge, belief, and linguistic representation. He is currently the Louis Skolnick Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. Ben did his doctoral work in philosophy at New York University, and did his undergraduate and master's work in symbolic systems at Stanford University.
Dr. Matthew Statler
Matthew Statler serves as the Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming for NYU Stern's Undergraduate College. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Statler served as the director of research for NYU's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, the associate director of NYU's International Center for Enterprise Preparedness, and the Director of Research at the Imagination Lab.
Dr. Patrick Forber
Partick Forber is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He works primarily on evolutionary dynamics, game theory, decision theory, and philosophy of science, especially biological science. You can find out more about his research at patrickforber.org
ADDITIONAL IN-HOUSE SUPPORT AREAS
PRODUCT & MACHINE ETHICS RESEARCH
Helping portfolio founders audit datasets and their tech stack, think through novel solutions to machine-related ethical dilemmas, and research best practices to enhance positive impact
Developing ethical risk reports with a regular cadence for founders and other valued stakeholders (upon request)
ETHICAL RISK ASSESSMENTS
PURPOSE & VALUES
Helping founders codify their values and first principles to build purpose-driven cultures
Leveraging our collective network to foster strategic between founders & external stakeholders (e.g., foundations, unions, think tanks, and policymakers) with the goal of mutual value creation
Advising founders on how to strategically align growth and priorities with core national security interests of the United States