AI and Neuroscience: The virtuous circle

Season 1, Episode 1,   Aug 20, 2019, 09:30 AM

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

  1. BBC: An AI playlist
  2. Wait But Why: The AI Revolution
  3. Coursera: AI for everyone
  4. Medium: Machine Learning for Humans
  5. Google Arts & Culture: 25 moments that have defined AI
  6. Royal Society: What is Machine Learning?
  7. The Algorithm: A weeklyemail newsletter from MIT Tech Review
  8. DeepMind blog: neuroscience and AI: a virtuous circle
  9. 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