Summary of The Superhero of Artificial Intelligence

Can This Genius Keep It in Check?

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Demis Hassabis, co-founder of the artificial intelligence empire DeepMind, hopes his technology can help solve the world’s greatest problems.


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You may have heard of DeepMind for its history-making battle against champion player Lee Sedol at Go – a highly complex Chinese game of strategy and intuition. But do you know the man behind this technology? In this Guardian article, journalist Clemency Burton-Hill warmly introduces Demis Hassabis, co-founder of DeepMind. Hassabis comes across as superhuman but nice – a modest genius who ultimately wants his machines to serve humanity. He’s convincing; he even suspects he talked English physicist Stephen Hawking out of his reservations concerning artificial intelligence (AI) in just one meeting. So is there anything to worry about? Hassabis certainly doesn’t think so, but he seems happy to allay any fears by explaining how DeepMind works. getAbstract recommends this fascinating report to anyone who is excited or fearful about what AI means for the future of humankind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What DeepMind is achieving using artificial intelligence (AI),
  • How DeepMind works, and
  • What potential risks and benefits AI poses to humankind.


Demis Hassabis’s employees describe him as a “visionary” manager. World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee once called him “one of the smartest human beings on the planet,” and in 2014 Google reportedly paid $625 million for his company. Hassabis is both a computer scientist and cognitive neuroscientist...
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Clemency Burton-Hill is an English actress, novelist, musician, radio presenter and journalist. She writes for The Guardian, Vogue and The Economist.

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