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University seen as well-equipped to meet goals of ambitious institute

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Initiative at intersection of artificial, natural intelligence will benefit from existing breadth, experience, scholars say

On December 7, Harvard University and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced the development of the new Kempner Institute for Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged $500 million over the next 15 years to found this institute with the goal to seek the roots of intelligence, both artificial and natural, and use what is learned from each to inform advances in the other.

“Harvard is huge. I do think it has the capacity, the number of faculty that it can bring together, to really achieve what I consider probably one of the most ambitious goals in science that I have ever heard,” Dominici said.

Despite this ambitious goal, HDSI Co-Director Francesca Dominicibelieves that the University is well-equipped to take it on. Dominici said that Harvard’s breadth and size are imperative, as Harvard has a quantity of experts in a range of fields needed to accomplish the initiative’s goal and the necessary infrastructure to enable success. The Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence will open at the Science and Engineering Complex by the end of 2022.

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