[Seth-Trips] Jeff Hawkins, Stanford, Monday 4:15pm

Aaron Swartz aaronsw at gmail.com
Sat Feb 26 13:24:55 PST 2005

Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot and such, has come up with a
new general theory that seems to explain with amazing effectiveness
how the brain works. He's funded a neuroscience institute to continue
developing the theory and build simulated brains (which are apparently
already amazingly effective). When Hawkins came to the bookstore to
promote his book on the theory, he said he'd be coming back to give a
more technical talk with the nitty-gritty details. This is that talk.


A New Theory of Neocortex and its Implications for Machine Intelligence

The human neocortex is responsible for almost all high level thought,
including vision, audition, language, and motor planning. The regions
of the neocortex are organized in a hierarchy, where different regions
of the hierarchy implement the same basic algorithm. In the past two
years significant progress has been made in understanding exactly how
the neocortex works and how the hierarchy leads to human thought and
behavior. This knowledge suggests a new approach to solving long
standing problems in perception, robotics, and in building intelligent
machines. In this talk Jeff Hawkins will explain this theory and
explore its implications for the future of AI. Details of the theory
are published in a new book titled "On Intelligence"

Feburary 28, 2005, 4:15PM
TCSeq 200 (the large lecture hall in the SEQ building)

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