DeepMind: The Podcast

An inside look

Portrait of Hannah Fry, Presenter of DeepMind: The Podcast

"In Season 2, I've gone back inside the lab... and, I must say, I've seen some pretty extraordinary things."

Hannah Fry
Mathematician and Podcast presenter
Artwork for Episode 1: 3D protein structures predicted by AlphaFold
A breakthrough unfolds
Discover how DeepMind unlocked the mysteries of protein folding with AlphaFold, solving a 50-year-old grand challenge in biology that could help transform healthcare and medicine.
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Speaking of intelligence
Learn about the path to building AGI, why language is such an important part of intelligence, and about the challenges and potential of large language models.
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Better together
Explore why cooperation and altruism between AI and humans, as well as between AIs, is so important to building intelligent systems.
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Artwork for Episode 4: Visualisation of a robotic arm picking up a wooden block
Let's get physical
Step inside the robotics lab to find out if having a body is an important part of intelligence, why it’s so hard to train a robot, and why some robotics demonstrations are faking it.
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The road to AGI
Hear from Shane Legg, the man who coined the phrase AGI and co-founded DeepMind, discussing why he thinks AGI is possible and when.
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AI for science
Find out how AI is being applied to major scientific challenges in maths, nuclear fusion, and genomics, and even helping conserve wildlife in the Serengeti.
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Me, myself, and AI
Take a closer look at how DeepMind is using AI to make an impact on the world, ranging from near-term weather forecasting to creating synthetic voices and developing game strategies for football.
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Fair for all
Why diversity and representation is vital for AI and the questions researchers are grappling with to ensure that AI works for everyone.
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The promise of AI
DeepMind’s CEO, Demis Hassabis, explains why he believes AGI is possible, the steps needed to build it, and the world-changing problems he hopes it will solve.
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AI and neuroscience: The virtuous circle
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.
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Go to Zero
Hear the story of AlphaGo, the first computer program to defeat a professional human player at the game of Go.
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Life is like a game
Video games have become a favourite tool for AI researchers to test the abilities of their systems. In this episode, Hannah sits down to play StarCraft II.
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AI, Robot
Forget what sci-fi has told you about superintelligent robots that are uncannily human-like; the reality is more prosaic.
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Out of the lab
How AI could be used to save the sight of thousands, help us solve one of the most fundamental problems in biology and combat climate change.
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Towards the future
AI researchers around the world are trying to create a general purpose learning system that can learn to solve problems without being taught how.
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Artwork for Episode 8: Portrait of Demis Hassabis
Demis Hassabis - The interview
In this special extended episode, Hannah meets the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind for a personal take on the future of AI.
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“I hope this series gives people a better understanding of artificial intelligence and a feeling for just how exhilarating an endeavour it is.”
Demis Hassabis
Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind
About Hannah Fry
Professor Hannah Fry is an award-winning science presenter, public speaker, bestselling author, and academic known for her joyful ability to bring maths to life for audiences of all interests and abilities. Hannah is a regular host of BBC programmes and podcasts and is a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL.
Portrait of Hannah Fry, DeepMind: The Podcast presenter