Founder of London-based company DeepMind and former child prodigy.
What he invented: Artificial intelligence capable of figuring out old school Atari video games. His machine “learned” the games so well that it beat every human expert, which was the first time AI was observed learning such a complicated task besides Tron, which was actually a documentary, you know.
Why it will totally change the future: Google bought Hassabis’ company, changed its name to “Google DeepMind”, and gave it a lofty mission: to solve artificial intelligence. If Stephen Hawking is right, and he’s not often wrong, smart robots will probably destroy us all, eventually. So, uh, he might be making that happen?