Welcome to the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – it happens inside our skulls. Many researchers now take seriously the possibility that similar intelligence will be created in computers, perhaps within this century. Freed of biological constraints, such as limited memory and slow biochemical processing speeds, machines may eventually become more intelligent than we are – with profound implications for us. As Stephen Hawking has put it, “when it eventually does occur, it’s likely to be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity, so there’s huge value in getting it right.”

Funded by a generous £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) will explore the opportunities and challenges of this potentially epoch-making technology, short-term as well as long-term. We are based in 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 goal is to bring together some of the best of human intelligence, to ensure that we humans make the best of machine intelligence.