The Power of Self-Learning Systems

Sat, May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm
Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Studies
Institute for Advanced Study

Demis Hassabis will discuss the capabilities and power of self-learning systems. He will illustrate this with reference to some of DeepMind's recent breakthroughs, and talk about the implications of cutting-edge AI research for scientific and philosophical discovery.

Demis Hassabis is co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research company. DeepMind has published over 200 papers—including multiple Nature and Science publications—and achieved breakthrough results in challenging AI domains, ranging from Go to StarCraft II to protein folding. A child chess prodigy, Hassabis coded the classic game Theme Park at age seventeen. After graduating from Cambridge University, he founded video games company Elixir Studios and completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at University College London. Science listed his research on imagination and memory as one of 2007’s top ten breakthroughs. He is a five-time World Games Champion, and a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017 he featured in the Time“100 Most Influential People” list, and in 2018 he was awarded a CBE.

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