CFI welcomes UK leadership on deploying AI safely and ethically

At the World Economic Forum in Davos today, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. “We are just at the beginning of what AI can achieve”, she said, adding that as it develops, we must ensure that the social and economic benefits are fairly shared.

We in particular welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will work closely with international partners in ensuring AI is developed safely and responsibly. Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), said:

“The discussion about the opportunities and ethical challenges presented by AI must be a global one: it affects us all. The UK can and should be a leading voice in that conversation – it is therefore fantastic to see this championed by the Prime Minister. We at CFI look forward to working closely with the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to ensure safe, ethical and ground-breaking innovation in AI.”


The mission of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is to build an 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 make the best of the opportunities of artificial intelligence as it develops over coming decades.

CFI received an unprecedented £10m, 10 year grant from the Leverhulme Trust on 3 December 2015. It launched officially at the University of Cambridge on the 19 October 2016 with an event hosted by Stephen Hawking. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Imperial College London, and UC Berkeley.

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