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The Reith Lectures

BBC Radio 4
PhilosophySociety & Culture

Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series. This year, Stuart Russell explores the future of AI and asks: how can we get it right?


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4.3 out of 5 stars from 911 ratings
  • Fantastic

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures. Very very very interesting indeed. Eve time I listen back to them I catch a little nugget of information I had missed before. Absolutely marvellous

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    sideshow bbob
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Carney Greenery

    Trump will be back in four years and this mythology will be out the window.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Insight in to the mind of someone at the top of their game

    Too rarely do we get a long form voyage into any subject area that affects each and everyone of us daily. It just cries out for a whole series of fireside chats between Mark and his interlocutors piers.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Invaluable

    For anyone who cherishes learning, this is a knowledge pool

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • Mark Carney

    I have loved listening to the Reith lectures over the years and they have been fantastic, so I have to say that Mark Carney doesn’t even deserve the one star I gave it. Anyone in a professional position should not have to read a lecture, much less an incoherent one. It’s excruciatingly non-sensical and dull. Thank you.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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