Demis: Our AI will reveal the secrets of how life works


Demis Hasabis interviews about AI that will solve many of science’s toughest problems, from the nature of life to nuclear fusion, says DeepMind co-founder.

Before the match, Lee Sedol was full of confidence. He was about to play an AI that had been trained to play Go. But as one of the best players in the world in the game, Lee thinks he will win easily. “I think AlphaGo is probabilistic, just a machine,” he said at the time. Even after losing the first game of the game, Li thinks it’s just because AlphaGo didn’t make any mistakes. Then, in move 37 of the now infamous second game, the AI ​​seemed to rewrite the rules of Go, making moves that humans could never have dreamed of. Li Wuyu, who eventually lost the game 4-1: “The move was really creative and beautiful,” he said.

The competition marked a pivotal moment in the development of AI, and Demis Hassabis was one of the main contributors. In 2010, he co-founded the research company DeepMind, and began working on AI that could play games better than humans. Back then, Go was considered too difficult for AI. It has more possible motions than atoms in the universe. But after beating Lee in 2016, DeepMind and Hassabis rose to prominence. AlphaGo’s victory was the biggest moment in artificial intelligence since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.

Since then, Demis’ company, now a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, has been fine-tuning its algorithm…  

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