The LCFI website uses cookies only for anonymised website statistics and for ensuring our security, never for tracking or identifying you individually. To find out more, and to find out how we protect your personal information, please read our privacy policy.

Preparing for the age of intelligent machines

Our mission at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is to build a new 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 artificial intelligence as it develops over coming decades.

Funded by a £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, CFI explores 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 research is mostly structured in a series of projects and research programmes. These projects are the root structure of CFI’s community, reaching out to brilliant researchers and connecting them and their ideas to the challenges of making the best of AI. Topics range from algorithmic transparency to exploring the implications of AI for democracy.

Many researchers now take seriously the possibility that intelligence equal to our own 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 all.

As Stephen Hawking put it 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.” We therefore aim to bring together the best of human intelligence so that we can make the most of machine intelligence.

Founding Partners

Associate Partners

Sources of Funding (2016-June 2019)

Sources of funds July 2019

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.

Meet our people