The Bradley Center’s programs are organized into four broad areas: Communication; Research; Education; and Application.
We seek to provide an informed voice for common-sense in popular discussions over AI, challenging both the techno-utopians who think smart machines will be our savior, and the techno-dystopians who think machines will inevitably replace us. Through our Mind Matters multimedia site and other initiatives, we provide a platform for experts from various fields to communicate to the public through social media, podcasts, videos, and events.
We plan to commission, fund, and disseminate books, monographs, white papers, and technical papers that advance the Center’s main themes and goals. We place special emphasis on underwriting projects and research that have the potential to provide new insights and breakthroughs. We may also sponsor interdisciplinary research conferences, as well as innovative courses and workshops to promote collaboration among scholars concerned with the distinction between natural and machine intelligence, and especially its implications for the future of meaningful human work.
We desire to explore and develop educational modalities and content to help people stay ahead of automation (machine intelligence), and more generally to help ensure that technology enhances rather than diminishes human flourishing. We are interested in promoting education in broadest sense and using a range of tools and approaches. We have a special interest in “learning to learn skills,” i.e., the types of skills and capacities that give people the intellectual flexibility to effectively handle the challenges that new disruptive technologies bring.
We hope to advance human flourishing by applying new and existing technologies in receptive but often neglected economic, social, and political contexts. For example, we sponsor initiatives and competitions to promote entrepreneurship in the majority world via the implementation of appropriate technologies. We also desire to foster legal, economic, and political structures that encourage the introduction of innovative technologies that in turn will help to generate wealth for those currently in poverty.