Published on April 30, 2019 by

Oriol Vinyals is a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind. Before that he was at Google Brain and Berkeley. His research has been cited over 39,000 times. He is one of the most brilliant and impactful minds in the field of deep learning. He is behind some of the biggest papers and ideas in AI, including sequence to sequence learning, audio generation, image captioning, neural machine translation, and reinforcement learning. He is a co-lead (with David Silver) of the AlphaStar project, creating an agent that defeated a top professional at the game of StarCraft. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast at MIT and beyond. Audio podcast version is available on

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0:00 – Introduction
0:55 – StarCraft
13:31 – AlphaStar
1:07:00 – Turing test
1:12:32 – Current limits of deep learning
1:25:35 – Process of developing new ideas
1:30:45 – Artificial general intelligence
1:43:33 – Next steps

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