19 episodes

Get the inside story of how AI is being created and uncover the extraordinary ways artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our world.
In the highly-praised, award-nominated "DeepMind: The Podcast", mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry goes behind the scenes of world-leading research lab DeepMind to find out how AI can benefit our lives and the society we live in.

The first season explores the link between neuroscience and AI, the importance of games, and building safe AI. Now in its second season, Hannah uncovers how AI is accelerating science in critical areas, takes an in-depth look at building artificial general intelligence (AGI), and so much more.

DeepMind: The Podcast Hannah Fry

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 307 Ratings

Get the inside story of how AI is being created and uncover the extraordinary ways artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our world.
In the highly-praised, award-nominated "DeepMind: The Podcast", mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry goes behind the scenes of world-leading research lab DeepMind to find out how AI can benefit our lives and the society we live in.

The first season explores the link between neuroscience and AI, the importance of games, and building safe AI. Now in its second season, Hannah uncovers how AI is accelerating science in critical areas, takes an in-depth look at building artificial general intelligence (AGI), and so much more.

    The promise of AI with Demis Hassabis

    The promise of AI with Demis Hassabis

    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.

    • 30 min
    Fair for all

    Fair for all

    AI needs to benefit everyone, not just those who build it. But fulfilling this promise requires careful thought before new technologies are built and released into the world. In this episode, Hannah delves into some of the most pressing and difficult ethical and social questions surrounding AI today. She explores complex issues like racial and gender bias and the misuse of AI technologies, and hears why diversity and representation is vital for building technology that works for all.

    • 33 min
    Me, myself and AI

    Me, myself and AI

    AI doesn’t just exist in the lab, it’s already solving a range of problems in the real world. In this episode, Hannah encounters a realistic recreation of her voice by WaveNet, the voice synthesising system that powers the Google Assistant and helps people with speech difficulties and illnesses regain their voices. Hannah also discovers how ‘deepfake’ technology can be used to improve weather forecasting and how DeepMind researchers are collaborating with Liverpool Football Club, aiming to take sports to the next level.

    • 35 min
    AI for science

    AI for science

    Step inside DeepMind's laboratories and you'll find researchers studying DNA to understand the mysteries of life, seeking new ways to use nuclear energy, or putting AI to the test in mind-bending areas of maths. In this episode, Hannah meets Pushmeet Kohli, the head of science at DeepMind, to understand how AI is accelerating scientific progress. Listeners also join Hannah on a [virtual] safari in the Serengeti in East Africa to find out how researchers are using AI to conserve wildlife in one of the world’s most spectacular ecosystems.

    • 33 min
    The road to AGI

    The road to AGI

    Hannah meets DeepMind co-founder and chief scientist Shane Legg, the man who coined the phrase ‘artificial general intelligence’, and explores how it might be built. Why does Shane think AGI is possible? When will it be realised? And what could it look like? Hannah also explores a simple theory of using trial and error to reach AGI and takes a deep dive into MuZero, an AI system which mastered complex board games from chess to Go, and is now generalising to solve a range of important tasks in the real world.

    • 32 min
    Let's get physical

    Let's get physical

    Do you need a body to have intelligence? And can one exist without the other? Hannah takes listeners behind the scenes of DeepMind's robotics lab in London where she meets robots that are trying to independently learn new skills, and explores why physical intelligence is a necessary part of intelligence. Along the way, she finds out how researchers trained their robots at home during lockdown, uncovers why so many robotics demonstrations are faking it, and what it takes to train a robotic football team.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

rHarlow31 ,

One of the most fascinating PodCasts available

For those of us who want to know more about this fascinating and real-world development. As a Sci-Fi geek I like to read really good hard sci-fi. That means understanding where the real world is.

I am retired but used to work in medical imaging in the UK and the whole aspect of AI in early diagnosis has been one of my keen areas of interest from the late 80’s. The advances that this podcast highlights just show what is possible.

I love the clear referral to ethics and societal controls. This is a podcast for everyone who genuinely wants to see the world a better place and believes that technology has a place in that.

Oxquant ,

Excellent Series

Very much enjoying Prof. Hannah Fry’s Deepmind Podcast now in Season 2. It’s accessible for specialists and non-specialists alike. Required listening for my postgraduate students in machine learning at Queen Mary Univ. of London.

JustMePaul ,

Just fantastic

I’ve been skeptical about AI for ages but have transformed my views since bingeing on this podcast. It’s really well presented and produced in simple terms with great examples and stories to illustrate the concepts. It’s a mind-blowing topic and I’m now hooked. Without a doubt my favourite podcast of the many I’ve listened to and I hope Hannah revisits the topic again after this series. I don’t need AI to tell me ‘I’ll be back!’ Thank you!!!!

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