Back in October, on one of our recurring walk-and-talks around Oxford, Brody (a computational biologist) and I (a machine learning researcher) shared something that was missing from our PhD work:
“We want to use AI to improve the world around us — in ways nothing else can.”
RAIL — the Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab — was born.
On January 16, we launched our first 8-week cohort. Our team is made of 26 Rhodes Scholars: 13 PhD students, 13 masters’ students. 50% are AI engineers and the other 50% are strategists. We have AI researchers, geneticists, public policy students, trained doctors, social scientists, linguists, and more.
We’ve been blown away by what RAILers have accomplished across four projects
3 Key Lessons We’ve Learned
We are building a serious, capable, exciting AI lab. We’ve built our core learnings into the heart of RAIL:
- The potential for AI to tackle important social challenges is huge.
- Extremely smart people + technology + creativity + structure = scalable impact.
- Learn as much as you can during the process. Foster new ideas.