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About us

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence is a highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI).

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners at Imperial College London, University of Oxford and UC Berkeley, as well as close links with industry and policymakers. CFI brings together academics from a variety of disciplines as diverse as machine learning, philosophy, history, literary studies, engineering, media studies and design in order to explore the possibilities of AI in both the short and long term.

As Professor Stephen Hawking said at the Centre's launch, AI is "likely to be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity, so there’s huge value in getting it right.” Our research is dedicated to ensuring AI is a force for good and it's structured in a series of research programmes that cover a wide range of projects. Our work explores vital questions about the impact of AI in the near, mid- and long-term, from algorithmic transparency and the nature of intelligence to automated warfare, consciousness, social AI, AI and creativity, AI-amplified disccrimination and injustice, global and pluriversal design, and the implications of AI for democracy, geopolitics, and the natural environment. 

We invite you to browse our research programmes to find out more.

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Our People

We bring together researchers from a number of disciplines, from philosophers to social scientists, cognitive scientists and computer scientists, to help guide the future of this technology and study its implications.

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