The Hunt for AI

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 15 of 15

Duration: 59 minutes

Marcus Du Sautoy wants to find out how close we are to creating machines that can think like us: robots or computers that have artificial intelligence.

His journey takes him to a strange and bizarre world where AI is now taking shape.

Marcus meets two robots who are developing their own private language, and attempts to communicate to them. He discovers how a super computer beat humans at one of the toughest quiz shows on the planet, Jeopardy. And finds out if machines can have creativity and intuition like us.

Marcus is worried that if machines can think like us, then he will be out of business. But his conclusion is that AI machines may surprise us with their own distinct way of thinking.

  • Find out more about our presenter Marcus du Sautoy

    Find out more about our presenter Marcus du Sautoy

    Professor Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, and a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University. He is a broadcaster, author and science communicator, and has worked tirelessly to make mathematics more accessible to the public.

    Marcus completed an undergraduate degree and a DPhil in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford and is currently a fellow at New College, Oxford. His research involves aspects of group theory and number theory, especially understanding the world of symmetry using zeta functions, a classical tool from number theory. In 2001, he won the prestigious Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research made by a mathematician under 40, and in 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

    Marcus has used his mathematical expertise to present numerous television programs and documentaries, including Mindgames, The Story of Maths, The Code and various Horizon documentaries. He is a constant contributor to BBC and other national radio stations, and has written regular articles for The Times, The Guardian, and The Telegraph amongst others. He has published three books - The Music of the Primes, which was also televised on BBC Four in 2005, Finding Moonshine published in 2008 and The Number Mysteries published in 2010 based on the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures he presented in 2006.

    Marcus lives in London with his wife and children, and when not promoting science and maths, enjoys music, playing football and supporting his beloved Arsenal.

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Presenter
Marcus du Sautoy
Presenter
Marcus du Sautoy
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Helen Sage
Director
Helen Sage
Producer
Helen Sage
Producer
Helen Sage
Series Editor
Aidan Laverty
Series Editor
Aidan Laverty

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