Artificial General Intelligence will be a transformative technology in human history, one that can improve all other areas of human investigation and endeavor. The Astera Institute believes AGI can bring great good to humanity and that diverse approaches are needed to achieve complete AGI in full alignment with society’s values. We promote alternative AI research to solve critical problems and find new paths forward.


The Obelisk project seeks to build a multi-system model of intelligence, one that draws from recent breakthroughs in both neuroscience and machine learning, and whose goal is to create a true general intelligence that can flexibly adapt to diverse environments.

Our lab provides support and resources for models that fall outside the current mainstream. Our team works on results-oriented engineering guided by basic research.