Future of Life Institute

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2 Fte (4)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Future of Life Institute   (FLI)

    EU Transparency Register

    787064543128-10 First registered on 24 Jun 2021

    Goals / Remit

    The Future of Life Institute (FLI) is a nonprofit that works on maximising the benefits of technology and on mitigating its associated risks. In our current engagement with the EU institutions, FLI has two key priorities: i) promoting the beneficial development of artificial intelligence, ii) regulating lethal autonomous weapons.

    Main EU files targeted

    Artificial Intelligence Act, AI Liability Directive, Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.


    Head Office
    Future of Life Institute 933 Montgomery Ave #1012
    Narberth, PA 19072
    EU Office
    Future of Life Institute Avenue des Arts / Kunstlaan 44
    Brussels 1040


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    2 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 15 May 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Alexandra TSALIDIS 17 Oct 2023 16 Oct 2024
    Risto UUK 19 Oct 2023 18 Oct 2024
    Marcus BRAKEL 07 Oct 2023 04 Oct 2024
    Ms Angelica Maria AHUMADA FERNANDEZ 07 Oct 2023 24 Jan 2024
    Marcus BRAKEL 24 Sep 2022 23 Sep 2023
    Ms Claudia PRETTNER 04 Aug 2022 22 Jan 2023
    Risto UUK 04 Aug 2022 04 Aug 2023
    Marcus BRAKEL 21 Aug 2021 20 Aug 2022

    Complementary Information

    FLI makes use of the services from Dentons Global Advisors, who provide us with analysis and strategic advice. Our expenditure on these services is declared in their entry (Dentons Global Advisors Europe SA, 7028457765-59).

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    The UN Secretary General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation - Roundtable 3C on Artificial Intelligence.

    Partnership on AI, a nonprofit coalition committed to the responsible use of artificial intelligence.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Donations, Grants

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Vitalik Buterin 603,156,352€
    Contribution Musk Foundation 3,531,696€
    Contribution Jaan Tallinn via Founder's Pledge 482,959€
    Contribution Silicon Valley Community Foundation 15,010€
    Contribution Survival & Flourishing Fund 20,307€
    Contribution Network for Good 13,616€

    Other financial info

    i) The donation from Vitalik Buterin was provided in a minor cryptocurrency, and due to illiquidity and price drops, the actual liquidated amount that FLI ultimately ended up with was much smaller than the nominal end-of-year value listed above. The vast majority of these received funds have been donated to other non-profit organizations. FLI currently holds no cryptocurrency.

    ii) The euro value of the Vitalik Buterin donation shown here is our best estimate of the dollar value at the time of donation, converted to Euros using the exchange rate of December 31, 2021. FLI converted this asset to dollars at a significantly lower average price than it held on the donation date.

    iii) In addition to the large donations listed in this filing, we received scores of smaller one-off and recurring grassroots donations. FLI has received over 1,500 donations since it was founded in 2014.

    iv) The financial figures displayed here are for the Future of Life Institute globally, of which our EU activities are a small part.

    v) Our annual audit is in process, and FLI reserves the right to update these provisional figures once the audit has been completed.

    vi) FLI is grateful for the one-off donation from Vitalik Buterin, which has helped us guarantee our independence and will partially serve as an endowment to finance activities in future years. The budget is simply the sum of all of our income, not what we spent in 2021. With the exception of the Estonian Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, who has served on FLI’s Board of Directors since its founding, donors do not influence our policy positions.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)

    Artificial intelligence and digital

    Communication activities

    Selected publications, full list available on our main website
    - FLI Position Paper on AI Liability, Future of Life Institute, November 2022.
    - Call For Better Protections of People Affected at the Source of the AI Value Chain, Future of Life Institute, October 2022.
    - A Proposal for a Definition of General Purpose Artificial Intelligence Systems, Future of Life Institute, October 2022.
    - The EU needs to protect (more) against AI manipulation, EurActiv, February 2022.
    - Position Paper on the AI Act, Future of Life Institute, August 2021.
    - Lethal Autonomous Weapons Exist; They Must Be Banned, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum, June 2021.
    - Open letter on Foresight in AI regulation, Future of Life Institute, 2020.
    - Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers, 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2015.

    - Workshop for Accredited Parliamentary Assistants entitled "Governing General Purpose AI Systems"
    - With Dentons Global Advisors, "Regulating General Purpose Artificial Intelligence" (video available on our YouTube channel)

    Relevant websites run by FLI
    - futureoflife.org, main website
    - artificialintelligenceact.eu, provides analysis on the AI Act as well as a biweekly newsletter
    - autonomousweapons.org, makes the case for the regulation of autonomous weapons

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 30 Nov 2023 Location brussels
      Subject AI Act
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton
      • Maurits-Jan Prinz (Cabinet member)
    • Date 13 Nov 2023 Location Brussels
      Subject Artificial Intelligence act
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Věra Jourová
      Portfolio Values and Transparency
      • Werner Stengg (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 18 Jul 2023 Location Brussels and online (hybrid)
      Subject AI
      Cabinet Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
      Portfolio Europe Fit for Digital Age
      • Werner Stengg (Cabinet member)
      • Liviu Stirbat (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
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