Google DeepMind C.E.O. Demis Hassabis on the Path From Chatbots to A.G.I.

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Hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton

Produced by Davis Land and Rachel Cohn

Edited by Jen Poyant

Engineered by Chris Wood

Original music by Dan Powell, Marion Lozano and Pat McCusker

This week’s episode is a conversation with Demis Hassabis, the head of Google’s artificial intelligence division. We talk about Google’s latest A.I. models, Gemini and Gemma; the existential risks of artificial intelligence; his timelines for artificial general intelligence; and what he thinks the world will look like post-A.G.I.

Additional listening and reading:

  • A.I. Could Solve Some of Humanity’s Hardest Problems. It Already Has.

  • This interview was recorded on Wednesday. Since then, Google has temporarily suspended Gemini’s ability to generate images of humans, following criticism of images the chatbot generated of people of color in Nazi-era uniforms.

  • Google Is Giving Away Some of the A.I. That Powers Chatbots


“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Davis Land and Rachel Cohn. The show is edited by Jen Poyant. Engineering by Chris Wood and original music by Dan Powell, Marion Lozano and Pat McCusker. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti and Jeffrey Miranda.

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