Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 27/9/2016 18:3027/9/2016 21:00Autumn Lecture: Towards general artificial intelligencePrince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

Our Autumn Lecturer made headlines this year with AlphaGo, the first computer program ever to beat the world’s number one player of the fiendishly complex game of Go, in a contest in Seoul that was watched online by 280 million viewers. He has said he is on a mission to “solve intelligence, and then use that to solve everything else”.

Dr Demis Hassabis, Founder & CEO of DeepMind, is one of the three recipients of the Academy's 2016 Silver Medal - for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence following a number of breakthroughs for DeepMind, which was founded in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014. He was the lead AI programmer on a number of successful computer games in the 1990s and early 2000s before completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. 

DeepMind is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) machine capable of learning for itself how to do a task directly from raw data, rather than being pre-programmed for a single specific task. Although games are a good testbed for developing general AI algorithms, the ultimate aim is to apply them in areas such as healthcare and science. 

The Autumn Lecture was introduced into the Academy's programme in order to provide additional exposure to one of the most innovative and talented engineers who were amongst the recipients of an award at the Academy's annual Awards Dinner. 


6.30pm Registration opens

Welcome and introduction by Chair

Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs, Science Museum

7.05pm Lecture by Dr Demis Hassabis, Founder and CEO, DeepMind
7.40pm Question and answer session 
8.00pm Closing remarks



Drinks reception

End of event


Tickets cost £12 including VAT. 


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to Events Team. A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Tuesday 20 September 2016. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and making changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.

For more details, please contact the Events team.