About CHAI

Mission

CHAI's goal is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.

Artificial intelligence research is concerned with the design of machines capable of intelligent behavior, i.e., behavior likely to be successful in achieving objectives. The long-term outcome of AI research seems likely to include machines that are more capable than humans across a wide range of objectives and environments. This raises a problem of control: given that the solutions developed by such systems are intrinsically unpredictable by humans, it may occur that some such solutions result in negative and perhaps irreversible outcomes for humans. CHAI's goal is to ensure that this eventuality cannot arise, by refocusing AI away from the capability to achieve arbitrary objectives and towards the ability to generate provably beneficial behavior. Because the meaning of beneficial depends on properties of humans, this task inevitably includes elements from the social sciences in addition to AI.

Faculty

Stuart Russell

Stuart Russell
Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
Holder of the Smith Zadeh Chair in Engineering
Author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

Pieter Abbeel
Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
Anca Dragan

Anca Dragan
Assistant Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
Founder, InterACT Lab
Tom Griffiths

Tom Griffiths
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley
Director of the Computational Cognitive Science Lab
Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Bart Selman

Bart Selman
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Cornell University
Joseph Halpern

Joseph Halpern
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Cornell University
Michael Wellman

Michael Wellman
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan
Satinder Singh Baveja

Satinder Singh Baveja
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan
Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo
Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley

Staff

Mark Nitzberg

Mark Nitzberg
Executive Director of CHAI
Head of Strategic Outreach for Berkeley AI Research
Andrew Critch

Andrew Critch
Research Scientist at CHAI
Executive Director of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

Faculty Affiliates

Gillian Hadfield

Gillian Hadfield
Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California
Author of Rules for a Flat World
Siddharth Srivastava

Siddharth Srivastava
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Arizona State University
Mariano Florentino Cuéllar

Mariano Florentino Cuéllar
Justice of the Supreme Court of California
Chair, Board of the Directors at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Formerly Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford University

Students

CHAI hosts a weekly research meeting for graduate students at UC Berkeley. To see what some of our students work on, see our Student Spotlights.

Partners

The Center for Human-Compatible AI is sponsored by the Open Philanthropy Project, the Future of Life Institute, the Leverhulme Trust, and CITRIS. Our partner organizations include the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.