Lex Fridman interviews Pieter Abbeel, a professor at UC Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab. He is one of the top researchers in the world working on how to make robots understand and interact with the world around them, especially through imitation and deep reinforcement learning.

This interview is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast and the MIT course 6.S099: Artificial General Intelligence. The conversation and lectures are free and open to everyone. Audio podcast version is available on https://lexfridman.com/ai/

Siraj Raval asks 67 questions of Pieter Abbeel, who got his PhD at Stanford University under the mentorship of Andrew Ng and went on to become a professor at UC Berkeley.

He’s worked at OpenAI, Willow Garage and now Embodied Intelligence.Drawing on recent advances in Deep Imitation Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning, Embodied Intelligence is developing AI software that makes it easy to teach robots new, complex skills.