The Quest Launch

On March 1, 2018, we convened at Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus to set out on The Quest. MIT faculty, alumni, students, and friends talked about their work across all aspects of this domain — from unpublished research, to existing commercial enterprises, to the social and ethical implications of AI.

Learn why and how MIT is primed to take the next breakthrough step in advancing the science and applications of intelligence by listening to presentations from The Quest launch.

Opening

Greeting

Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Dean, MIT School of Engineering; Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Introduction

Martin A. Schmidt, MIT Provost; Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering

Remarks

David Siegel, Cochairman of Two Sigma Investments; Founding Advisor, MIT Quest for Intelligence Advisory Board

The Core: Human and Machine Intelligence

Introduction

Michael Sipser, Dean, MIT School of Science; Donner Professor of Mathematics

The Future of Intelligence Science

James J. DiCarlo, Head, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience

The Future of Intelligence Engineering

Daniela Rus, Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Science and Engineering of Intelligence

Tomaso A. Poggio, Director, Center for Brains, Minds and Machines; Eugene McDermott Professor

Teaching Machines to See and Hear

Antonio Torralba, MIT Director, MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Thinking Big by Starting Small

Laura Schulz, Professor of Cognitive Science

Building a Social Brain

Rebecca Saxe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Scaling AI the Human Way

Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Professor of Computational Cognitive Science

The Bridge: Applying the Tools of Augmented Intelligence

Introduction

W. Eric L. Grimson, MIT Chancellor for Academic Advancement; Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering

AI 3.0 for Synthetic Biology 2.0

James J. Collins, Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science

Social and Emotional Intelligence for Human-AI Collaboration

Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Learning to Cure Cancer

Regina Barzilay, Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Health-Aware Homes: How AI Enables the Home to Monitor Our Physical and Mental Health

Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Stupidity, and Financial Markets

Andrew W. Lo, Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering; Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor

Employing Photons Instead of Electrons to Implement AI Processing

Marin Soljacic, Professor of Physics

Announcement

The 2018 Solve Global Challenges

Alex Amouyel, Executive Director, Solve

The Impact: Bringing Intelligence to Market

Introduction

Katie Rae, CEO and Managing Partner, The Engine

AI-Driven Drug Discovery

Leila Pirhaji, Founder and CEO, ReviveMed

Engineering Common Sense

Yibiao Zhao, Cofounder and CEO, iSee AI

Featured Innovator

Introduction

W. Eric L. Grimson, Chancellor for Academic Advancement; Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering

Remarks

Xiao’ou Tang, Founder, SenseTime; Professor of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Consequences: Intelligence and Society

Moderator

Gideon Lichfield, Editor-in-Chief, MIT Technology Review

Panelist

K. Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics

Panelist

Rodney Brooks, Panasonic Professor of Robotics, emeritus

Panelist

Dario Gil, Vice President of AI and Quantum Computing, IBM

Panelist

Joichi “Joi” Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

Panelist

Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science

Panelist

Megan J. Smith, Founder and CEO, shift7; Former US Chief Technology Officer

Fireside Chat

Introduction

L. Rafael Reif, MIT President

Remarks

Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman, Alphabet; MIT Visiting Innovation Fellow; Founding Advisor, MIT Quest for Intelligence Advisory Board

MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab

Introduction

Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Dean, MIT School of Engineering; Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Remarks

Sophie V. Vandebroek, Chief Operating Officer, IBM Research

Student Poster Session Introduction

Remarks

Aude Oliva, MIT Executive Director, MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab; Principal Research Scientist

Remarks

Marin Soljacic, Professor of Physics

Closing

Remarks

Martin A. Schmidt, Provost; Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering