Bell School signs MoU with Cambridge University AI centre

5 October 2018

A new MOU has been signed between the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI).

The MOU is designed to foster greater ties between the two institutions on research relating to the impact of artificial intelligence (AI).

“This MOU is a mark of the School’s goal of continuing to expand our research expertise to meet new global challenges,” said the Director of the ANU Bell School, Professor Toni Erskine.

“AI already influences every aspect of our lives, and has the potential to radically alter international politics and security.

“From the use of AI by Cambridge Analytica to send targeted messages to voters through social media in the context of Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election, to on-going debates in the European Parliament and UN about the dangers of so-called ‘killer robots’, the existing and potential impact of AI is difficult to ignore.’

“The Bell School looks forward to working with our partners at Cambridge University, and drawing on our expertise in international and Asia Pacific politics, security, strategy, and diplomacy to contribute to research on the risks and opportunities of AI.’

The MOU was signed last month by Toni Erskine and Professor Huw Price, Academic Director of the CFI, at a meeting hosted by the Centre for Strategic Futures, part of the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Singapore.

“Artificial Intelligence is likely to be one of the biggest revolutions in human history. Getting it right is a global challenge, and is crucial that leading institutions work together,” said Professor Huw Price.

“ANU and the Coral Bell School have an enviable reputation throughout the Asia-Pacific region, as well as beyond. The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence is delighted to have such a well-respected partner, in such an important part of the globe.”

ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, and the Bell School’s Director look forward to visiting Cambridge University and the CFI in November.

Future activities involving the Bell School and the CFI will include academic exchanges between researchers, a trip to Peking University in November, and a joint workshop hosted at ANU by the Bell School in March 2019 on The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Politics and Security in the Asia Pacific: Reconfiguring Democracy, Governance, and War.

ANU joins the CFI in a partnership between the University of Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College and UC Berkeley.

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