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Dr Stephen Cave
University of Cambridge
Leverhulme Research Centre
2015

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence is exploring the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already changing our lives. In the long run, it may be the most revolutionary technology we humans ever develop. As the late Stephen Hawking put it, it may be eventually 'either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity'. This means, as he said, that 'there’s huge value in getting it right'.

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence aims to explore the opportunities and challenges of this potentially epoch-making technology, short-term as well as long-term. We are based at the University of Cambridge, with partners at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, at Imperial College London, and at the University of California, Berkeley. Our mission is to build a interdisciplinary community of researchers, with strong links to technologists and the policy world, and a clear practical goal: to work together to ensure that we humans make the best of the opportunities of AI as it develops over coming decades.

Our work is now structured in the five Programmes described below. Each Programme supports several research projects. All the projects are highly interdisciplinary, and actively engaging new collaborators, in many parts of the world. This expanding network is the ‘root structure’ of the Centre’s community, reaching out to brilliant researchers, and connecting them and their ideas to the challenges of making the best of AI. 

  1. AI: Futures and Responsibility
    Understanding how the long-term development of AI can be demonstrably safe and maximally beneficial to humanity.

    Projects
    Policy and Responsible Innovation
    Autonomous Weapons - Prospects for Regulation
    The Value Alignment Problem
    Horizon Scanning and Roadmapping
     

  2. AI: Trust and Security
    Examining the impact of AI systems on society today, and how these systems can be used in ways that preserve fairness, accountability and democracy.

    Projects
    Trust and Transparency
    Politics and Policy
     

  3. Kinds of Intelligence
    Exploring the nature of intelligence, through integrating the study of machines, humans and other animals.

    Projects
    Kinds of Intelligence
     

  4. AI Narratives and Justice
    Understanding the cultural contexts shaping how AI is perceived and developed, and the consequences this has for diversity, cognitive justice and social justice.

    Projects
    AI Narratives
     

  5. Philosophy and the Ethics of AI
    Using the tools of philosophy to solve the ethical challenges posed by AI, data and algorithms.

    Projects
    Science, Value and the Future of Intelligence
    AI - Agents and Persons

More information is available on the Centre’s website, http://lcfi.ac.uk.

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