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Computing Like the Brain



Jeff Hawkins discusses 3 operating principles of the neocortex and introduces Grok, a predictive modeling product based on those principles.


Jeff Hawkins is a co-founder of Numenta. Previous to Numenta he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute and two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, where he was the architect of computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2004 he wrote the book “On Intelligence” which describes progress in understanding the neocortex.

About the conference

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that aims to bring together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow's technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, mobile development, and the web. Strange Loop was created in 2009 by software developer Alex Miller and is now run by a team of St. Louis-based friends and developers under Strange Loop LLC, a for-profit but not particularly profitable venture.

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Oct 19, 2012

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  • excellent introductory treatise on a topic thst will change the world

    by Karl Ruoff,

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    I have been promoting Jeff's concepts since reading his book in 2007, "On Intelligence". Now really excited to see those concepts coming to life (I hope) within Grok. Robert Heinlein would be proud.

  • Jeff Hawkins for President

    by bruce graham,

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    Jeff gets a tick from me.

  • Computing Like The Brain

    by Rex Sheridan,

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    This is a great talk. It is awesome to finally see machine learning gaining some traction with real world applications. I definitely learned something new because I had always been taught about the strengthening and weakening of connections between neurons and thought something felt a little crude about the model. I am glad to hear someone has refined it a bit. Not to get all Minority Report but wouldn't it be interesting to feed this system a set of distributed video feeds and predict when crimes are occurring and what types of crimes are likely? There are also obvious financial systems impact like predicting stock price moves. I am sure that will be the first thing this is applied to in the real world.

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