Lex Fridman interviews Magnus Carlsen

by ChessBase
8/28/2022 – Lex Fridman is a research scientist at MIT working on human-centred AI and deep learning approaches to shared autonomy in self-driving cars. Fridman also hosts a popular podcast, which had, among others, the likes of Roger Penrose, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Wolfram among his guests. On Saturday, Fridman uploaded his latest interview, a conversation lasting two and a half hours with world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

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A two-and-a-half-hour podcast

Throughout his career, Magnus Carlsen has proven to be a well-spoken, cultured person with substantiated opinions in a number of subjects. The conversation begins with a discussion on who is the best soccer player in history (a Real Madrid fan, Carlsen still thinks Lionel Messi is the best) and goes over different facets of chess and life as a chess professional.

Lex Fridman demonstrates he knows quite a bit about chess — he played Demis Hassabis a bit over a month ago — as he proficiently leads the conversation to discussions that are attractive both for chess enthusiasts and the public in general.


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