Episode 8: Demis Hassabis - The interview

In this special extended episode, Hannah Fry meets Demis Hassabis, the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind.

She digs into his former life as a chess player, games designer and neuroscientist and explores how his love of chess helped him to get start-up funding, what drives him and his vision, and why AI keeps him up at night. 

Interviewees: Deepmind CEO and co-founder, Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis - The interview

37 mins

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Find out more about the themes in this episode:

  1. Wired: Inside DeepMind's epic mission to solve science's trickiest problem
  2. Quanta magazine: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science
  3. Demis Hassabis: A systems neuroscience approach to building AGI. Talk at the 2010 Singularity Summit 
  4. Demis Hassabis: The power of self-learning systems. Talk at MIT 2019
  5. Demis Hassabis: Talk on Creativity and AI 
  6. Financial Times: The mind in the machine: Demis Hassabis on artificial intelligence (2017)
  7. The Times: Interview with Demis Hassabis
  8. The Economist Babbage podcast: DeepMind Games
  9. Interview with Demis Hassabis from the book Game Changer, which also features an introduction written by Demis

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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)