AI for Science
Revolutionizing Progress for a Future that benefits all
We are working towards an artificial scientist that combines the best of humans and machines: It’s designed to be creative and is capable of thinking and learning from any information available at an incredible speed. This technological breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize science, enabling us to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, such as addressing diseases, hunger, resource wars, and preventing environmental disasters.
To develop the artificial scientist, it is necessary to radically rethink current approaches to AI and understand the fundamental principles of human-level intelligence.
Lab42 embraces innovation, creativity, and novel ideas by bringing together AI enthusiasts from diverse fields to advance our understanding and development of artificial intelligence. We achieve this through challenges such as ARCathon, online games, essay competitions, and AI workshops. By uniting large numbers of creative minds, we will lead humankind to a better understanding of intelligence and collectively and inevitably strive toward a scientific revolution.
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“The creation of AI shall lead us into a new golden age for humankind.”
Pascal Kaufmann, Founder of Lab42 and Mindfire
What is Intelligence?
Two pioneering Definitions
We draw inspiration from the following two definitions and transfer core principles of intelligence into new competitions. Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do: "when neither innateness nor learning has prepared you for the particular situation." (1929, 1952; Jean Piaget) In short: "Intelligence kicks in when one needs to think."
With Piagets wisdom in mind, Lab42 approaches AI from an actionable definition that can be applied to any system, including machines: "The intelligence of a system is a measure of its skill-acquisition efficiency over a scope of tasks, with respect to priors, experience, and generalization difficulty." (F. Chollet, 2019)
Chollet's definition of intelligence is at the core of our series of competitions we organize: For example, we host the ARCathon, a competition and challenge to solve the Abstraction and Reasoning Corpus (ARC) which was created to quantify intelligence. ARC covers the concept of intelligence, as it measures and tests abilities like reasoning, problem-solving, abstract thinking, few shot learning, and learning from experience.
Write history by solving ARC in the ARCathon!
“Today’s AI models have excelled at solving
without displaying any intelligence.”
François Chollet, Creaor of ARC & ARCathon Host
Lab42 is operated by the Swiss-based Mindfire Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building human-level AI.
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Lab42 Headquarters in Davos
The headquarter of Lab42 is located in Davos, Switzerland, which features a long history of scientific collaboration and innovation. Located in the Villa Fontana in the heart of Davos, alongside world-leading institutions in economics, research, health and society, Lab42 grounds on the historic spirit of collaboration and innovation at Science City Davos. Lab42 is proud to be part of this prestigious community of ground-breaking science institutions.
The Villa Fontana was built in 1899 and is listed in the national inventory of buildings worthy of preservation. The building is now a place for collaboration, modern equipment, and also for relaxation and creative thinking – the cornerstones for a scientific revolution.
To create human-level AI. For humankind.
Lab42's mission is to create cutting-edge AI technology that reaches human-level intelligence by breaking down barriers in research and fostering collaboration between talents and experts. In this way, we aim to make a significant impact on humanity and bring about a new era of progress for the benefit of humankind.
Our first press release
Our team loves working with creative minds and AI-Enthusiasts from around the world. Learn more from our first press release and checkout our contact section.