As associate director of the Center for Brains Minds and Machines (CBMM), Matt Wilson, Sherman Fairchild Professor in Neurobiology, helps lead such research. He answered questions about the initiative, intelligence research and the nature of intelligence itself.
What is The Quest?
The Quest seeks to develop and apply artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to broad disciplines within the engineering and science communities. The question is how can we use AI to advance science and how can science help us to advance fundamental approaches in AI? CBMM, funded by the NSF, grew out of an earlier MIT initiative called the Intelligence Initiative. It was developed to drive the study of intelligence, not just AI, but trying to understand biological intelligence, and from that, gain insights into how the understanding of real intelligence might advance AI.
The expectation is that effort will continue and help to drive a significant part of The Quest in its objective of determining how we can bring together the community, and how can we invest and develop resources that can increase the penetration of machine learning and AI throughout MIT.