The promise of AI with Demis Hassabis – DeepMind: The Podcast (Season 2, Episode 9)

Hannah wraps up the series by meeting DeepMind co-founder and CEO, Demis Hassabis. In an extended interview, Demis describes why he believes AGI is possible, how we can get there, and the problems he hopes it will solve. Along the way, he highlights the important role of consciousness and why he’s so optimistic that AI can help solve many of the world’s major challenges. As a final note, Demis shares the story of a personal meeting with Stephen Hawking to discuss the future of AI and discloses Hawking’s parting message.

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Interviewee: Deepmind co-founder and CEO, Demis Hassabis

Presenter: Hannah Fry
Series Producer: Dan Hardoon
Production support: Jill Achineku
Sounds design: Emma Barnaby
Music composition: Eleni Shaw
Sound Engineer: Nigel Appleton
Editor: David Prest
Commissioned by DeepMind

Thank you to everyone who made this season possible!

Further reading:
DeepMind, The Podcast:
DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis on its breakthrough scientific discoveries, WIRED:
Riemann hypothesis, Wikipedia:
Using AI to accelerate scientific discovery by Demis Hassabis, Kendrew Lecture 2021:
Protein Folding & the Next Technological Revolution by Demis Hassabis, Bloomberg:
The Algorithm, MIT Technology Review:
Machine learning resources, The Royal Society:
How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI, TED:

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