Kamal Ahmed in conversation with Demis Hassabis

08 Nov

Academy London, SW1W 9SH

Thursday 8 November 2018 18:15 - 19:30

Join us on Thursday 8 November 2018 for the first in our Media Trust in-conversation events.

Join Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s Economics Editor and Media Trust Board Member in conversation with Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of artificial intelligence research company, DeepMind, on Thursday 8 November 2018.

From drug discovery to climate change, astronomy and material design, AI has the potential to solve complex problems and change the world we live in for the better. BBC Economics Editor, Kamal Ahmed will be in conversation with co-founder and CEO of the world leading AI research company DeepMind, Demis Hassabis, about why AI has the potential to be the most transformative technology of the 21st Century.

Hosted at Academy London, Victoria, doors open at 18:15 and the discussion will begin at 18:30.


  • 18:00 – Doors open and registration
  • 18:30 – Kamal Ahmed in conversation with Demis Hassabis
  • 19:15 – Audience Q&A
  • 19:30 – Close

As well as discussing his journey from child chess prodigy, video game designer to becoming one of the most significant figures in AI, Demis will talk about how he plans to achieve DeepMind’s mission to “solve intelligence” and then use that to “solve everything else”. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

About Dr Demis Hassabis

Co-founder & CEO, DeepMind

Demis Hassabis is the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its founding in London in 2010, DeepMind has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, five of them in the scientific journal Nature – an unprecedented achievement for a computer science lab.

Demis is a former child chess prodigy, who once ranked second in the world for his age. He then coded the multi-million selling simulation game Theme Park aged 17. Following graduation from Cambridge University with a Double First in Computer Science he founded the pioneering videogames company Elixir Studios. After a decade of experience leading successful technology startups, Demis 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 research connecting memory with imagination as one of the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2007.

Demis is a five-time World Games Champion, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Academy of Engineering, winning the Academy’s Silver Medal. In 2017 he was named in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people, and in 2018 was awarded a CBE for services to science and technology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has been a recipient of the Society’s Mullard Award, and was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Imperial College London.

This event is in Partnership with the Academy London, Google’s dedicated learning space in Victoria.

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