This class takes an engineering approach to exploring possible research paths toward building human-level intelligence. The lectures will introduce our current understanding of computational intelligence and ways in which strong AI could possibly be achieved, with insights from deep learning, reinforcement learning, computational neuroscience, robotics, cognitive modeling, psychology, and more. Additional topics will include AI safety and ethics. Projects will seek to build intuition about the limitations of state-of-the-art machine learning approaches and how those limitations may be overcome. The course will include several guest talks. Listeners are welcome.

Interested in the class? Here are some things you could do:

  1. Register an account on the site to stay up-to-date. The material for the course is free and open to the public. If you're an MIT student and would like to get credit for the course, pre-register for it here.
  2. Join our Slack channel (deep-mit.slack.com). There are two ways:
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  3. If you have questions, check out the FAQ Google Doc.
  4. Interact with Lex on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.
  5. Check out MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars.

Course Information:

  • Time/Dates: Every day, 7pm, Jan 22 - Feb 2
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • Location: MIT, 54-100 (location details) with some exceptions.
  • Instructor: Lex Fridman
  • Contact: agi@mit.edu

2018 Schedule of Lectures and Talks

Most (but not all) lectures and talks will be at 7pm in Room 54-100. See below for exact time and location.
Artificial General Intelligence
Lex Fridman(Lecture)
[ Slides ] - [ Lecture Video ]
Building machines that see, learn, and think like people
Josh Tenenbaum (Guest Talk)
Professor, MIT
Robots that walk, run, jump, and grasp in the real world
Marc Raibert(Guest Talk)
CEO, Boston Dynamics
Computational Universe
Stephen Wolfram(Guest Talk)
Wolfram Research
Future of Intelligence
Ray Kurzweil (Guest Talk)
How the brain creates emotions
Lisa Feldman Barrett (Guest Talk)
Professor, Northeastern University
Cognitive Architecture: An Approach to AGI
Nate Derbinsky (Guest Talk)
Northeastern University
Autonomous Weapons Systems Policy
Richard Moyes (Guest Talk)
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Article36
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark (Conversation)
Professor, MIT. Co-Founder, Future of Life Institute.
Ilya Sutskever (Guest Talk)
Co-founder, OpenAI
Christof Koch (Conversation)
President and Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
AI in the Age of Reason
Steven Pinker (Conversation)
Professor, Harvard University
Deep Learning
Yoshua Bengio (Conversation)
Professor, University of Montreal. Director, Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms


Big Thanks

None of this course would be possible without the great community of bright young minds at MIT and beyond. Thank you.