04 Aug Humanity+ Clarification of Epstein Donation
Mr. Jeffrey Epstein’s donation to Humanity+ some years ago has long since been put to a good cause: encouraging the ethical use of Artificial Intelligence and increasing awareness of how AI can benefit humanity. This AI research is diametrically opposed to the exploitative and abusive behaviors of Mr. Epstein that were recently revealed in the news. At the time we accepted this donation, Humanity+ had no knowledge of Mr. Epstein’s horrific alleged criminal activity, and we strongly condemn it.
Funding AI research is a project that Humanity+ has been involved with for many years and has received donations from numerous sources. Humanity+ supports AI research that is educational and oriented toward beneficial and compassionate applications of advanced technology for the broad benefit of humanity. In striving to put donations to good causes, one such way is by developing the principled use of AI in the field of robotics and automation.
It should be known that Epstein was never a member of Humanity+, nor affiliated with any known transhumanist organization. Epstein’s egocentric ideas about eugenics ardently conflict with the philosophy of transhumanism and the express directive of Humanity+ that aims is to prevent coerced practices. Instead, Humanity+ encourages exploring the use of genetic engineering to save lives and mitigate diseases that affect all humanity, such as sickle cell anemia and other horrific illnesses.
Humanity+ is an international nonprofit membership organization that advocates the ethical use of technology and evidence-based science to expand human capabilities You can learn more about transhumanism at https://www.humanityplus.org.