Transformations of the Human (ToftH) was founded by Tobias Rees in 2018 as an experimental program within the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, California.
In 2016, Reid Hoffman had introduced Rees to Nicolas Berggruen, who offered to incubate the program at the Berggruen Institute. The program was designed as a testbed for assembling new ideas that would track the ways in which contemporary technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering are disrupting post-Cartesian notion of the Human.
In July 2021, the Berggruen Institute spun ToftH out as an independent organization, jointly funded by Reid Hoffman and the Berggruen Institute, that works with clients to discover the philosophical stakes of their work and with students to conduct experiments at the intersection of philosophy and technology. Please follow the ToftH school and experience here: tofth.org.
The Transformations of the Human program is designed as a philosophical study and artistic exploration of the manifold ways in which artificial intelligence and biotechnology challenge our established conceptions of what it means to be human. By placing philosophers and artists in key research sites to foster dialogue with technologists, the aim of the program is to render AI and Biotech visible as unusually potent experimental sites for reformulating our vocabulary for thinking about ourselves. The Transformations of the Human program ambition is to feed our findings back into the production of both artificial intelligence and biotech and to thereby contribute to both human and non-human flourishing.
For an overview of the program, please see the 2018-2019 ToftH Portfolio.