Mapping Intelligence: Requirements and Possibilities

Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 44)


New types of artificial intelligence (AI), from cognitive assistants to social robots, are challenging meaningful comparison with other kinds of intelligence. How can such intelligent systems be catalogued, evaluated, and contrasted, with representations and projections that offer meaningful insights? To catalyse the research in AI and the future of cognition, we present the motivation, requirements and possibilities for an atlas of intelligence: an integrated framework and collaborative open repository for collecting and exhibiting information of all kinds of intelligence, including humans, non-human animals, AI systems, hybrids and collectives thereof. After presenting this initiative, we review related efforts and present the requirements of such a framework. We survey existing visualisations and representations, and discuss which criteria of inclusion should be used to configure an atlas of intelligence.



The initiative was supported by the Leverhulme Trust via the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. J. H-Orallo and F. M-Plumed were supported by EU (FEDER) and the Spanish MINECO under grant TIN 2015-69175-C4-1-R and by GVA under grant PROMETEOII/ 2015/013 and by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FA9550-17-1-0287. J. H-Orallo also received a Salvador de Madariaga grant (PRX17/00467) from the Spanish MECD for a research stay at the CFI, Cambridge, and a BEST grant (BEST/2017/045) from the GVA for another research stay also at the CFI. F. M-Plumed was also supported by INCIBE (Ayudas para la excelencia de los equipos de investigación avanzada en ciberseguridad). A. Weller acknowledges support from the David MacKay Newton research fellowship at Darwin College, the Alan Turing Institute under EPSRC grant EP/N510129/1 & TU/B/000074, and the Leverhulme Trust via the CFI.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leverhulme Centre for the Future of IntelligenceCambridgeUK
  2. 2.The New SchoolNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Centre for the study of Existential RiskUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  5. 5.Psychometrics CentreUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  6. 6.Universitat Politècnica de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  7. 7.Imperial CollegeLondonUK
  8. 8.AI Roadmap InstitutePragueCzech Republic
  9. 9.GoodAIPragueCzech Republic
  10. 10.Bristol Robotics LaboratoryUWE BristolBristolUK
  11. 11.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  12. 12.Alan Turing InstituteLondonUK

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