2008 Rockwood Memorial Lecture


Jeff Hawkins
Founder, Palm, Inc. Handspring, and Numenta

11:00AM, Monday, April 21, 2008

CalIT2 Auditorium

Title: "Computing Beyond Turing: How neocortical theory is shaping the future of computing"

Coaxing computers to perform basic acts of perception and robotics, let alone high-level thought, has been difficult. No existing computer can recognize pictures, understand language, or navigate through a cluttered room with anywhere near the facility of a child. Hawkins and his colleagues have developed a model of how the neocortex performs these and other tasks. The theory, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory, explains how the hierarchical structure of the neocortex builds a model of its world and uses this model for inference and prediction. To turn this theory into a useful technology, Hawkins has created a company called Numenta. In this talk Hawkins will describe the theory, its biological basis, and a software platform created by Numenta that allows anyone to apply this theory to a variety of problems. Part of this theory was described in Hawkins' 2004 book, On Intelligence.

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Host: Terry Sejnowski