History of I2

The idea of an Intelligence Initiative was suggested by Josh Tenenbaum (mainly) and by Tomaso Poggio in discussions with Rafael Reif (MIT Provost), Mriganka Sur (BCS Chair) and Marc Kastner (Dean of the School of Science). From the earliest stages, Chairman Sur and Dean Kastner strongly supported the idea and pushed Tommy and Josh to make something happen. Trying to spread an I² infection at MIT, Josh and Tommy discussed the idea with a number of MIT faculty, MIT friends and agencies such as NSF.

Here is a sample of a few small steps over the past few years: