Episode 1: AI and neuroscience - The virtuous circle

What can the human brain teach us about AI? And what can AI teach us about our own intelligence? These questions underpin a lot of AI research.

In the first episode of the DeepMind podcast, Hannah meets the DeepMind Neuroscience team to explore these connections and discovers how our brains are like birds’ wings, what training a dog and an AI agent have in common, and why the simplest things for people to do are, paradoxically, often the hardest for machines. 

Interviewees: Deepmind CEO and co-founder, Demis Hassabis; Matt Botvinick, Director of Neuroscience Research; research scientists Jess Hamrick and Greg Wayne; and Director of Research Koray Kavukcuoglu.

AI and neuroscience - the virtuous circle

34 mins

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Find out more about the themes in this episode:

  1. BBC: An AI playlist
  2. Wait But Why: The AI Revolution
  3. Coursera: AI for everyone 
  4. Medium: Machine Learning for Humans
  5. Google Arts & Culture: 25 moments that have defined AI
  6. Royal Society: Developments in Machine Learning and AI
  7. The Algorithm: weekly AI email newsletter from MIT
  8. DeepMind blog: neuroscience and AI: a virtuous circle
  9. Nature magazine: far-sighted birds plan breakfast the evening before

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Presenter: Hannah Fry
Editor: David Prest
Senior Producer: Louisa Field
Producers: Amy Racs, Dan Hardoon
Binaural Sound: Lucinda Mason-Brown
Music composition: Eleni Shaw (with help from Sander Dieleman and WaveNet)