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The Joy Of AI
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Wingspan Productions for BBC Four

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili takes a sharp-witted and refreshingly optimistic look at how we have created machines that can simulate, augment, and even outperform the human mind – and why we shouldn’t let this spook us. Jim tells the story of the pursuit of AI, the emergence of machine learning and the recent breakthroughs brought about by artificial neural networks. He shows how AI is not only changing our world but also challenging our very ideas of intelligence and consciousness.  Along the way, we see how spam filters use AI, meet a cutting-edge chatbot to find out how it keeps the conversation flowing and why just a few altered pixels makes a computer think it’s looking at a trombone rather than a dog; and we’ll talk to Demis Hassabis, the AI wizard who heads DeepMind and whose stated mission is to ‘solve intelligence, and then use that to solve everything else’.