Cambridge Puts Up £10M Research Facility
Wired reports that the University of Cambridge has launched a £10 million budget for its research center on Monday. This is to be utilized on exploring the impact of artificial intelligence.
It was first announced last December that Leverhume Center for the Future of Intelligence is soon to open. Funded with a research grant from the Leverhulme Trust, this aims to study the impacts of this "potentially epoch-making technological development, both short and long term."
On its website, the center writes that it also aims to build a new interdisciplinary community of researchers, with strong linkages to technologists and the policy world.
Huw Price, the Cambridge philosophy professor said that the center which opened on Monday, will work in coordination with the university's center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) which is funded by the cofounder of Skype Jaan Tallinn. This will look at emerging risks to humanity's future which covers climate change, disease, warfare, and artificial intelligence.
The deputy director of the new center and professor of information engineering at Cambridge, Zoubin Ghahramani, pointed out last December that the field of machine continues to advance at a tremendous pace and machines can now achieve nearly-human abilities at many cognitive tasks. Ranging from the ability to recognize images to translating between languages and driving cars.
In addition, he added that they need to understand where this is all leading, and ensure that research in machine intelligence push through to benefit humanity. The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence will surely bring together researchers from a number of disciplines, from philosophers to social scientists, cognitive scientists and computer scientists. With these collaborative efforts of the distinct groups, it can help guide the future of this technology and study its implications.
Currently, the center is looking for PhD students to focus on the "study of values and intelligence."