“MIT has a uniquely powerful resource to turn Cambridge into a true center for AI: the talent and passion of your students.”
—Eric Schmidt, founding advisor, MIT Intelligence Quest advisory board
(MIT Intelligence Quest launch, March 1, 2018)
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Technical Advisor and former Executive Chairman and CEO of Google, and his wife, Wendy, have pledged to help fund the new MIT Intelligence Quest. The Schmidts’ unrestricted gift will support the critical and evolving needs of the initiative. Conversations at MIT regarding human and machine intelligence inspired Eric and Wendy’s gift.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced in February that Schmidt will join MIT as a Visiting Innovation Fellow for one year, starting in spring 2018. “Eric’s brilliant thought leadership has been crucial to the development of the MIT Intelligence Quest,” says Reif. “He recognized that MIT would play an important role in advancing human and machine intelligence, and we have benefited enormously from his time, wisdom, and financial support during a pivotal moment in this emerging and critical field of study.”