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FLI Opens the Worldbuilding Contest








FLI Opens the Worldbuilding Contest

The Future of Life Institute has launched a Worldbuilding competition with a prize purse worth $100,000 plus. Individuals and teams are invited to design visions of a plausible, aspirational future which includes artificial general intelligence.

Worldbuilding is the art and science of constructing a coherent and relatively detailed fictitious world. It is frequently practised by creative writers and scriptwriters, providing the context and backdrop for stories that take place in future, fantasy or alternative realities. FLI's contest challenges entrants to use worldbuilding to explore possible futures for our own world.

The contest is designed to appeal broadly, with artistic components as well as more conceptual ones. Whether you're a writer, an economist, a scientist, an AI researcher, a student, a filmmaker, an expert in geopolitics or simply a Sci-Fi enthusiast, we believe there's something here for you.

FLI hopes to encourage people to start thinking about the future in more positive terms, particularly with regards to powerful new technologies. In order to steer the technology's trajectory in a positive direction, we need to know what we're aiming for. To know what future we would most like, we must first imagine the kinds of futures we could plausibly have. Unfortunately, not nearly enough effort goes into imagining what a good future might look like. Mainstream media tends to focus on the dystopias we could end up in. This contest seeks to change that.

Applications are due on 15th April 2022. For more information about the contest and to enter, visit: https://worldbuild.ai/


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