#86 – David Silver: AlphaGo, AlphaZero, and Deep Reinforcement Learning

David Silver leads the reinforcement learning research group at DeepMind and was lead researcher on AlphaGo, AlphaZero and co-lead on AlphaStar, and MuZero and lot of important work in reinforcement learning.

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Here’s the outline of the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.

00:00 – Introduction
04:09 – First program
11:11 – AlphaGo
21:42 – Rule of the game of Go
25:37 – Reinforcement learning: personal journey
30:15 – What is reinforcement learning?
43:51 – AlphaGo (continued)
53:40 – Supervised learning and self play in AlphaGo
1:06:12 – Lee Sedol retirement from Go play
1:08:57 – Garry Kasparov
1:14:10 – Alpha Zero and self play
1:31:29 – Creativity in AlphaZero
1:35:21 – AlphaZero applications
1:37:59 – Reward functions
1:40:51 – Meaning of life