DeepMind: The Podcast

An inside look

What is AI? What can it be used for? Is it safe? And how do I get involved? These are the kinds of questions we often get asked at public events like science festivals, talks and workshops.

We love answering them and really value the conversations and thinking they provoke. Sadly, we can’t have face-to-face conversations with everyone who is interested in AI. So, to help us bridge that gap, we created DeepMind: The Podcast, a series that we hope will answer these questions and more, while also giving listeners an inside look at how AI research is done at an organisation like DeepMind. Listen and subscribe to the whole series on your favourite podcast app by searching for “DeepMind: The Podcast”.

Episodes

DeepMind: The Podcast trailer
Series trailer

This series is hosted by the brilliant Dr Hannah Fry, a mathematician and broadcaster with a talent for making technical topics accessible and interesting.

Episode 1: AI and neuroscience - The virtuous circle
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.

Episode 2: Go to Zero
Episode 2: Go to Zero

In March 2016, more than 200 million people watched AlphaGo become first computer program to defeat a professional human player at the game of Go.

Episode 3: Life is like a game
Episode 3: Life is like a game

Video games have become a favourite tool for AI researchers to test the abilities of their systems. In this episode, Hannah sits down to play StarCraft II.

Episode 4: AI, Robot
Episode 4: AI, Robot

Forget what sci-fi has told you about superintelligent robots that are uncannily human-like; the reality is more prosaic.

Episode 5: Out of the lab
Episode 5: Out of the lab

The ambition of AI research is to create systems that can help to solve problems in the real world.

Episode 6: AI for everyone
Episode 6: AI for everyone

While there is a lot of excitement about AI research, there are also concerns about the way it might be implemented, used and abused.

Episode 7: Towards the future
Episode 7: Towards the future

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

Episode 8: Demis Hassabis - The interview

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

Credits

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the brilliant contributors, creative producers, and our talented presenter, Hannah, all of whom helped craft our initial idea into the final programmes. We really enjoyed making this podcast and hope you enjoy listening too.

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)