Ought is somewhere between a research lab and a startup.
We do conceptual and empirical research on supporting deliberation using machine learning, and share our findings openly.
This research is guided by a vision for tools and applications that we hope will eventually help millions of people think through the questions and choices they face every day.
We're incorporated as a non-profit, so we can afford to take the long view.
Our focus is on mechanisms for training ML algorithms to answer questions in cases where it's difficult or impossible to get empirical feedback on the quality of the answers.
In the past, we've explored the following directions: