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AI pioneer Sir Demis Hassabis: Video games may foster young people’s creativity

According to a recently-knighted AI millionaire, parents who are frustrated by their children spending hours gaming should instead be praising their innovative use of technology.

AI pioneer Sir Demis Hassabis: Video games may foster young people's creativity

AI pioneer Sir Demis Hassabis: Video games may foster young people’s creativity

Sir Demis claimed on Today on BBC Radio 4 that his success was largely due to his gaming.

“It’s important to feed the creative part, not just play them [games],” he stated. “You never know where your passions lead, so I would actually just encourage parents to get their children really passionate about things and then develop their skills through that.”

It is imperative that students be prepared for a “very fast-changing world” and learn to “just embrace that adaptability.”

Before enrolling at Cambridge University, Sir Demis, a teenage chess prodigy, invented and programmed the multi-million-dollar game Theme Park.

Sir Demis claimed on Today on BBC Radio 4 that his success was largely due to his gaming.

“It’s important to feed the creative part, not just play them [games],” he stated. “You never know where your passions lead, so I would actually just encourage parents to get their children really passionate about things and then develop their skills through that.”

It is imperative that students be prepared for a “very fast-changing world” and learn to “just embrace that adaptability.”

Before enrolling at Cambridge University, Sir Demis, a teenage chess prodigy, invented and programmed the multi-million-dollar game Theme Park.

Following graduation, he started a video game company, finished his PhD in neuroscience, and in 2010 co-founded DeepMind in London, which he later sold to Google.

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He said he was “delighted” to receive his knighthood for services to AI in a post on X on Thursday.

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