• Imagine if the next breakthrough in artificial intelligence came from the root of intelligence itself: the human brain.

  • Imagine if artificial intelligence was socially and emotionally intelligent enough to empower everyone to flourish—from individuals to societies.

  • Imagine if machine learning could revolutionize disease detection, prevention and treatment.

  • Imagine if we could build a machine that grows into intelligence the way a person does—that starts like a baby and learns like a child.

  • Imagine the insights and societal benefits we could derive from the aggregation of data across organizations. Now imagine we could do this while respecting privacy concerns.

Advancing research in human and machine intelligence, and developing applications to benefit society.

The MIT Quest for Intelligence is advancing research in human and machine intelligence and driving the development of new tools and technologies to benefit society. Housed within the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT Quest brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to pursue ambitious questions tied to intelligence and to address the ethical and social implications of automated decision making.


The Quest Core is an effort to advance the science and engineering of intelligence—both human and machine. Key outputs of The Core include machine-learning algorithms inspired by breakthroughs in cognitive science and neuroscience, and a better understanding of human intelligence using insights from computer science.


The goal of the Quest Bridge is to drive discovery with the latest AI technology. The Bridge offers researchers at MIT and beyond, AI tools, platforms, and infrastructure, including AI education tools, rich and unique data sets, technical support, and specialized software and hardware.