AI and neuroscience: The virtuous circle
Selected as “New and Noteworthy” by Apple Podcasts, the highly-praised, award-nominated first season of "DeepMind: The Podcast" explores the fascinating world of artificial intelligence (AI). Join mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry as she meets world-class scientists and thinkers as they explain the foundations of AI, explore some of the challenges the field is wrestling with, and dives into the research that's led to breakthroughs like AlphaGo and AlphaFold. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, join our journey into the past, present, and future of AI.
In this episode, mathematician Hannah Fry asks what the human brain can teach us about AI — and what AI can teach us about our own intelligence. These questions underpin much AI research, whether playing video games or working to improve health care.
Listen in as members of DeepMind’s neuroscience team explain the importance of memory, imagination, and rewards in building artificial general intelligence (AGI). And learn how our brains are like birds’ wings, what training a dog and an AI agent have in common, and why the simplest things for people to do are, paradoxically, often the hardest for machines.
Interviewees: DeepMind CEO and co-founder, Demis Hassabis; Matt Botvinick, Director of Neuroscience Research; research scientists Jess Hamrick and Greg Wayne; and Director of Research Koray Kavukcuoglu.
Find out more about the themes in this episode
- BBC: An AI playlist
- Wait But Why: The AI Revolution
- Coursera: AI for everyone
- Medium: Machine Learning for Humans
- Google Arts & Culture: 25 moments that have defined AI
- Royal Society: Developments in Machine Learning and AI
- The Algorithm: weekly AI email newsletter from MIT
- DeepMind blog: neuroscience and AI: a virtuous circle
- Nature magazine: far-sighted birds plan breakfast the evening before
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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)