Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jeff Hawkins - Building Brains to Understand the World's Data

This is an interesting lecture from Jeff Hawkins, founder of the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and author of On Intelligence (2005). He speaks about the neuroscience of the neocortex and a new product from Numenta called Grok that is designed to emulate the neocortex.

Building Brains to Understand the World's Data

Published on Mar 10, 2013
Google Tech Talk
February 12, 2013
Presented by Jeff Hawkins.


The neocortex works on principles that are fundamentally different than traditional computers. In this talk I will describe recent advances in understanding the neocortex and how we are applying them to model millions of high velocity data streams.

The talk will start with a description of sparse distributed representations, which are the fundamental units of information in brains. I will then discuss how these representations are learned and how the brain processes them to build predictive models from sensory data. Numenta has built a product called Grok that emulates these capabilities of the neocortex. Grok is being used to understand high velocity machine generated data in many different domains. I will give a brief introduction to Grok and speculate on the future of machine intelligence.
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