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Y Combinator launches new “Human Advancement Research Community”

Y Combinator Research, the famed startup incubator’s nonprofit research arm, is launching what it calls the “Human Advancement Research Community,” YC President Sam Altman said in a blog post

The center’s scientists plan to release more information about their individual research in the future. 

From the post:

We are focusing on areas where we believe the structures created today will have the most impact on the future, and that can most benefit from having dedicated resources outside the for-profit world. At the moment, these areas include programming languages, interfaces, education, and virtual reality. . . . We seek to guide human technologies in thoughtful and ethical directions, with a deep sensitivity to the relationship between technology and the human condition, and the difference between what a piece of technology is intended to be and how it impacts humanity in reality.

SM