The Mindfire Foundation is a Swiss non-profit organization which focuses on understanding the principles of human intelligence, and applying those principles to the development of artificially intelligent systems. In collaboration with its academic and private partners, the Mindfire Foundation implements the Global Robotics and AI Lab (GRAIL). GRAIL is a global research initiative that unites the best researchers to collaborate in both physical and virtual spaces and labs. GRAIL’s mission control has been established at the University of Zurich. The Mindfire Foundation is tasked to enable GRAIL to deliver tangible prototypes embodying latest insights, culminating in the development of an augmented scientist: a system that increases research performance and efficiency in science, ultimately becoming an automated research tool – a human-level artificial scientist.
The Mindfire Foundation was established in July 2017 in Switzerland and officially launched in November 2017 at ETH Zurich. In May 2018, the Mindfire Foundation selected 50 talents and experts out of more than 1000 applications worldwide to meet in Davos for Mindfire Mission-1 to understand the principles that govern human intelligence. Building on the learnings from Mission-1, the Mindfire Foundation decided to implement permanent and virtual labs, the Global Robotics and AI Labs (GRAIL).