The Phenomenological AI Safety Research Institute (PAISRI) exists to perform and encourage AI safety research using phenomenological methods. We believe this work is valuable because the the development of AGI (artificial general intelligence) creates existential risks for humanity, and AGI systems are likely to exhibit mental phenomena, so AI safety can best be approached using phenomenological methods that directly engage with the mental aspect of AGI. We are primarily focused on solving AGI alignment because we believe it offers the best long-term approach to building safe AI, but also consider issues of AI safety more generally.


At PAIRSI we value

  • Compassion for all life
  • Careful, rigorous, and precise thought
  • Effective operations
  • Cooperation


We’re located in Berkeley, California and in frequent contact with other researchers and organizations working on issues related to existential risks and AI safety. We are especially fans of the following groups and their work:


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