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Demis Hassabis: AI for scientific discovery

The Rothschild Foundation Lecture

Talk

● Fully booked

Monday 17 September 2018
7 — 8pm

Priority booking opens to Friends at 12pm on 19 July 2018. Booking opens to the public at 12pm on 20 July 2018.

Demis Hassabis

DeepMind

Demis Hassabis, Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, draws on his experience as an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, neuroscientist and videogame designer to consider the implications of cutting-edge AI research for scientific discovery.

DeepMind is the world leader in AI research and develops programs to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its founding in London in 2010, DeepMind has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers, five of them in the scientific journal Nature - an unprecedented achievement for a computer science lab. In 2014, DeepMind was acquired by Google in their largest ever European acquisition, and is now part of Alphabet. The talk will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with the RA’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.

Demis Hassabis is a former child chess prodigy who, following graduation from Cambridge University, founded the pioneering video games company Elixir Studios, producing award-winning games for global publishers such Vivendi Universal. After a decade of experience leading successful technology startups, Hassabis returned to academia to complete a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, followed by postdocs at MIT and Harvard, before founding DeepMind. The journal Science listed his neuroscience research connecting memory with imagination as one of 2007’s top ten scientific breakthroughs. Demis is also a five-time World Games Champion, recipient of the Royal Society’s Mullard Award, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Academy of Engineering, winning the Academy’s Silver Medal. In 2016, Demis received WIRED magazine’s Leadership in Innovation Award and in 2017 he was named in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2018, Demis was awarded a CBE for services to science and technology, elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and also awarded an honorary doctorate by Imperial College London.

This Rothschild Foundation Lecture is the first in a series of annual lectures generously supported by the Rothschild Foundation.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 17 September 2018

7 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12 concessions

Priority booking opens to Friends at 12pm on 19 July 2018. Booking opens to the public at 12pm on 20 July 2018.