Arkose is an early-stage, field-building nonprofit with the mission of improving the safety of advanced AI systems. At Arkose, our primary organizational focus is supporting researchers, engineers, and other professionals interested in contributing to technical AI safety. Our approach encompasses a range of activities, with the following core elements:

  • Hosting strategy calls and other support programs that provide connections, mentorship, resources, and tailored guidance to researchers, engineers, and others with relevant skill sets to facilitate their engagement in AI safety technical research.
  • Advancing understanding of AI safety research and opportunities via outreach and curating educational resources.

Our 2022 work aimed to facilitate discussion and evaluation of potential risks from advanced AI, with a focus on soliciting and engaging with expert perspectives on the arguments and providing resources for stakeholders. Our results, based on a set of 97 interviews with AI researchers on their perspectives on current AI and the future of AI (pre-ChatGPT era), can be found at AI Risk Discussions.

Arkose was founded by Dr. Vael Gates, and operates as a project of Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Arkose is funded by the Survival and Flourishing Fund.

About the Team

Dr. Vael Gates


Zachary Thomas


Marta Krzeminska