Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.



episode 3: DeepMind’s Journey from Games to Fundamental Science

Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, dreams of using AI to solve fundamental problems in science. He joins Azeem Azhar to explore his own journey from world champion gamer to neuroscientist to building AI systems that can train themselves to solve real-world engineering challenges and, eventually, make Nobel-prize winning discoveries.

They also discuss:

  • Why games are the perfect training ground for AI algorithms.
  • How DeepMind combines the dynamism of a startup with the “blue sky” creativity of a lab.
  • Why “deep reinforcement learning” is the basis for artificial intelligence systems.

Further reading:

  • “How GPT-3 Is Shaping Our AI Future” (Exponential View podcast, 2020)
  • “Inside DeepMind’s epic mission to solve science’s trickiest problem” (Wired, 2019)
  • “Artificial general intelligence: Are we close, and does it even make sense to try?” (MIT Technology Review, 2020)


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