Selected as “New and Noteworthy” by Apple Podcasts, the highly-praised, award-nominated first season of "DeepMind: The Podcast" explores the fascinating world of artificial intelligence (AI). Join mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry as she meets world-class scientists and thinkers as they explain the foundations of AI, explore some of the challenges the field is wrestling with, and dives into the research that's led to breakthroughs like AlphaGo and AlphaFold. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, join our journey into the past, present, and future of AI.
In episode 2, Hannah meets the team behind AlphaGo. In 2016, more than 200 million people watched it become the first computer program to defeat a professional human player at the game of Go, a milestone in AI research. Since then, the DeepMind team has continued to develop the system — including AlphaZero, a program that taught itself how to play chess, Go, and shogi.
Joined in this episode by Chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler and Women’s International Master Natasha Regan (co-authors of Game Changer: AlphaZero's groundbreaking chess strategies and the promise of AI), DeepMind researchers tell the story of AlphaZero and explain why games continue to be such useful proving ground for AI research.
“Creativity takes us out of our expected patterns of behaviour. In that sense, the program was truly creative.” – David Silver, Lead Researcher at DeepMind