The Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce our Diverse Intelligences Initiative, a multi-year, global effort to advance understanding of intelligence in its many forms. Through an initial commitment of $20 million, this initiative supports leading experts from around the globe working in a variety of academic disciplines. Our mission is to find the world’s best minds and promote open-minded, forward-looking investigations to advance our understanding of the constellation of intelligences.
The Initiative is Focused on Three Challenges
Beyond the Turing Test: Elucidating the similarities and differences between machine and biological intelligences:
The Turing test has become a popular concept for exploring whether machine intelligence can rival that of humans. Seventy years since Turing’s paper, a myriad of discoveries of animal (including human) intelligence call for a more nuanced understanding of this concept. Our challenge is to develop a unified explanatory description of the similarities and differences between animal and machine intelligence. Read more
The Brilliance of the Living World
The living world is alight with bright sparks of intelligence. They form a brilliant constellation of differences and capacities that remain largely unexplored. Our challenge is to expand outward from human experience to find other ways of knowing, experiencing, and flourishing that will inform and enliven our own. Read more
Morality in the Machine Age: Keeping Humans in the Loop
Human moral capacities need not be diminished by new technologies and the ‘machine age’ need not be a period of sinister, controlling algorithms. Our goal is to support new systems for human-machine interactions that will provide tools to empower human moral intelligence, enhance our ethical capacities, and propel human spiritual betterment. Read more