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, life sciences, 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 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.
Announcing the I3SC
In partnership with our colleagues at the UVU Center for National Security Studies and seven Utah industry partners, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Intermountain Intelligence, Industry, and Security Consortium (I3SC)—a workforce development pipeline program that will prepare USU and UVU students across a wide range of disciplines to advance innovation and help secure Utah's emerging technology sector. With funding from the Utah State Legislature's Deep Technology Talent Initiative (DTTI), USU and UVU will collaborate over the next three years to expand existing and stand up new academic programs in secure computing, artificial intelligence, security analytics, cybersecurity, anticipatory intelligence, and security studies. Read the press release in Utah State Today and check back on this site in the coming months for details as the consortium's work gets underway.
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
Amazon.com: The world is undergoing a profound set of digital disruptions that are changing the nature of how governments counter dissent and assert control over their countries. While increasing numbers of people rely primarily or exclusively on online platforms, authoritarian regimes have concurrently developed a formidable array of technological capabilities to constrain and repress their citizens. In The Rise of Digital Repression, Steven Feldstein documents how the emergence of advanced digital tools bring new dimensions to political repression. Presenting new field research from Thailand, the Philippines, and Ethiopia, he investigates the goals, motivations, and drivers of these digital tactics . . . A compelling synthesis of how anti-democratic leaders harness powerful technology to advance their political objectives, The Rise of Digital Repression concludes by laying out innovative ideas and strategies for civil society and opposition movements to respond to the digital autocratic wave.