DeepMind: The Podcast
AI and Neuroscience: The virtuous circle
Aug 20, 2019 · 34 min
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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. In this first episode, Hannah meets the DeepMind Neuroscience team to explore these connections and discovers 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.

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Further reading

  * 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: What is Machine Learning?
  * The Algorithm: A weeklyemail newsletter from MIT Tech Review
  * DeepMind blog: neuroscience and AI: a virtuous circle
  * Nature: Far-sighted birds plan breakfast the evening before

Interviewees in this episode: 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.

 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)
 Commissioned by DeepMind
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