Hume is a research lab and technology company. Our mission is to ensure that artificial intelligence is built to serve human goals and emotional well-being.


We envision a future where AI systems translate scientific insights into new ways to make people happy. Empathic AI is the missing ingredient needed to build AI interfaces, assistants, agents, and robots that proactively find ways to improve your daily life; social media algorithms that are optimized for your well-being instead of engagement metrics; generated film, music, and interactive experiences that take your aesthetic experiences to new heights; and so much more.


Our work, and its applications, are guided by The Hume Initiative’s ethical guidelines.


AI privy to cues of our emotions should serve our emotional well-being.


AI should be deployed only if its benefits substantially outweigh its costs.

Scientific Legitimacy

Applications of AI should be supported by collaborative, rigorous, and inclusive science.

Emotional Primacy

AI should be prevented from treating human emotion as a means to an end.


The benefits of AI should be shared by people from diverse backgrounds.


People affected by AI should have enough data to make decisions about its use.


AI should be deployed only with the informed consent of the people whom it affects.

All of our work is guided by the Ethical Guidelines of The Hume Initiative.


We are a team of scientists, engineers, creatives, operators, designers, and more who are driven by the goal of developing empathic technology.

Dr. Alan Cowen

Alan Cowen, PhD


Dr. Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor

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Janet Ho

Chief Operating Officer

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Lauren Kim

Staff ML Engineer

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Michael Opara

Staff ML Engineer

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Panagiotis Tzirakis, PhD

Staff AI Research Scientist

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Jacob Metrick

Software Engineering Manager

Jeffrey Brooks

Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

Computational Psychologist

Alice Baird

Alice Baird, PhD

Senior AI Research Scientist

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Chris Gregory

ML Engineering Manager

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Garrett Boseck

Senior Software Engineer

Chris Gagne

Chris Gagne, PhD

AI Research Manager


Zach Krall

Staff Design Engineer

Yini Shi

Yini Shi

Frontend Engineering Manager

Nathan Leung

Nathan Leung

Staff ML Engineer


Franc Camps-Febrer

Staff Data Visualization Engineer


Jake Marlo

Product Operations

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Moses Oh

Senior Research Engineer

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James Cha-Earley

Director of Developer Relations

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Zachary Greathouse

Senior Developer Relations Engineer

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Matt Forte

Creative Producer

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Brenton McMenamin

Staff Software Engineer

Mary Jiang

Mary Jiang

Design Engineer

Lydia Schooler

Lydia Schooler

Growth Operations

Brian Kitano

Brian Kitano

Software Engineer II

Eva Casanova

Eva Casanova

Head of Growth

Jeremy Hadfield

Jeremy Hadfield

Technical Product Manager

Serena Wang

Serena Wang

Commercial Operations

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Ian Kelk

Senior Developer Relations Engineer

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Shahbaz Mogal

Software Engineer II

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Steven Lai

Staff Software Engineer


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