The programme is a pleasant and accessible way to learn a little more about one of the world’s top AI researchers. The discussion between Young and Hassabis touches on the full range of questions thrown up about the capabilities and impact of AI, as well as giving us an insight into Hassabis’ upbringing and education. What comes through clearly is his curiosity. One way this manifests itself is his interest in understanding humanity better by the attempt to re-build it artificially; this goes right down to the toughest of questions, the nature of consciousness. Less esoterically, Young also draws him out on AI’s impact on mankind’s future, drug discovery and individuality vs community.

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