What’s AI? What can it be used for? Is it safe? And how do I get involved? These are the kinds of questions we often get asked at public events like science festivals, talks and workshops. We love answering them and really value the conversations and thinking they provoke.
Sadly, we can’t have face-to-face conversations with everyone who is interested in AI. So, to help us bridge that gap, we’re now launching DeepMind: The Podcast, a new series that we hope will answer these questions and more, while also giving listeners an inside look at how AI research is done at an organisation like DeepMind. You can subscribe now on your favourite podcast app.
Communicating a complex topic like AI research is not easy, and we’re grateful that this series is hosted by the brilliant Dr Hannah Fry, a mathematician and broadcaster with a talent for making technical topics accessible and interesting. We’ve worked together over the last 12 months to choose topics that we hope will convey the excitement of AI research, whilst also highlighting some of the questions and challenges the whole field is wrestling with today. The result is an eight-part series that explores topics such as the link between neuroscience and AI, why we use games in our research, building safe AI and how AI can be used to solve scientific problems.
In it, you will hear from our researchers, engineers, program managers and collaborators, many of whom are talking to the public about their work for the very first time.
We’re really proud of the programmes and hope they'll spark the curiosity of listeners to explore the world of AI further. To help, we have compiled a list of further reading for each episode in the show notes, drawing on the work of other labs and organisations in the AI community. We want to make this useful to anyone, so if you know of other resources we should link to, please help other listeners by either replying to us on Twitter (#DMpodcast) or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use that address to send us feedback on the series.
This is our first foray into podcasting and we've wrestled with lots of questions, some of which we thought it would be useful to share:
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the brilliant contributors, creative producers, and our talented presenter, Hannah, all of whom helped craft our initial idea into the final programmes you'll hear over the coming weeks.
We really enjoyed making this podcast and hope you enjoy listening too.