About CHAI


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.


Stuart Russell
UC Berkeley

Pieter Abbeel
UC Berkeley

Anca Dragan
UC Berkeley

Tom Griffiths
UC Berkeley

Michael Wellman
University of Michigan

Satinder Singh Baveja
University of Michigan

Tania Lombrozo
UC Berkeley


Mark Nitzberg
Executive Director

Andrew Critch
Research Scientist

Faculty Affiliates

Gillian Hadfield
University of Southern California

Siddharth Srivastava
Arizona State University

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


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.


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.