Episode 7: Towards the future

AI researchers around the world are trying to create a general purpose learning system that can learn to solve a broad range of problems without being taught how.

Koray Kavukcuoglu, DeepMind’s Director of Research, describes the journey to get there, and takes Hannah on a whistle-stop tour of DeepMind’s HQ and its research.

Interviewees: Koray Kavukcuoglu, Director of Research; Trevor Back, Product Manager for DeepMind’s science research; research scientists Raia Hadsell and Murray Shanahan; and DeepMind CEO and co-founder, Demis Hassabis.

Towards the future

26 mins

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Find out more about the themes in this episode:

  1. OpenAI: An overview of neural networks and the progress that has been made in AI
  2. Shane Legg, DeepMind co-founder: Measuring machine intelligence at the 2010 Singularity Summit 
  3. Shane Legg and Marcus Hutter: Paper on defining machine intelligence 
  4. Demis Hassabis: Talk on the history, frontiers and capabilities of AI 
  5. Robert Wiblin: Positively shaping the development of artificial intelligence
  6. Asilomar AI Principles
  7. Richard S. Sutton and Andrew G. Barto: Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction

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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)