Utah State University's Center for Anticipatory Intelligence represents a groundbreaking approach to university education and security thinking. CAI combines top-tier expertise in engineering, data science, bioengineering, mathematics, ethics and philosophy, national security studies, geopolitics, and behavioral sciences to cross-train university students as well as government and business professionals with the skills and analytic sophistication necessary to anticipate and confront the complex, transformative, and existential challenges of the 21st century. 

CAI academic programs and professional training move well beyond the siloed approach to university education that still remains common. By tapping the problem-solving power of cross-disciplinary teams—the only means of staying atop today's technology and other key developments—CAI programs equip current and rising decisionmakers with the multidisciplinary perspective necessary to better anticipate the unprecedented threats and unintended consequences coming quickly from converging trends in the cyber, data science, biotechnology, climate change, knowledge access, geopolitics, and social realms. A sharply improved ability to see and understand the trends shaping tomorrow prepares decisionmakers with perhaps the most important advantage of all: improved skill in designing strategies of resilience able to capitalize on strengths and opportunities in this complex landscape while also mitigating geopolitical, national, commercial, and even personal risks.

Student Research

CAI students comprise undergraduates, graduates, and professionals representing more than 35 disciplines across the STEM fields and social sciences––including all eight USU colleges and Utah's key industries and public sector. Fusing native disciplinary expertise with interdisciplinary cross-training, CAI students investigate a wide range of topics on emergent security issues. Meet our students and explore our hub of standout student research.

Get to Know Us

Explore CAI through our events and coverage! Watch former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' January 2020 convocation at CAI; listen to CAI faculty and students discuss the Covid-19 pandemic with UPR's Tom Williams on Access Utah; read the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Liberalis magazine profile on CAI; and dive into spotlighted research on deepfake technology by CAI professional Eric Warren in Utah State Magazine. Get a sense for the vision and community driving CAI by learning about our mission and meeting our leadership team.

What We're Reading This Month

The Future is Faster Than You Think

Soonish (Weinersmith & Weinersmith)

Amazon.com: What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.