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What the Brain Says About Machine Intelligence (Jeff Hawkins in NYC)

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Come hear Jeff Hawkins speak about the machine intelligence work being done at Numenta in NYC. This Meetup is an hour-long presentation by Jeff at 7PM, followed by another hour of networking and socialization. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must RSVP. Anyone showing up at the door without an RSVP will be turned away. 


The neocortex is the only example we have of a cognitive system. I will argue that understanding the principles of how the neocortex works and then building machines that work on those principles is the only way to build intelligent machines. I will describe the progress we are making in understanding how the neocortex works and demonstrate how we are turning that knowledge into useful technology and products. 


Jeff Hawkins is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor, and author. He was a founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and was the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is now located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 he wrote the book On Intelligence, which describes progress on understanding the neocortex. In 2005 he co-founded Numenta, a startup company building a technology based on neocortical theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in the emerging field of machine intelligence. Jeff Hawkins earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003. 

About Numenta 

Numenta, Inc. was formed in 2005 to develop biologically-inspired machine intelligence technology for both commercial and scientific use.

What is NuPIC? 

NuPIC, the Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing, comprises a set of open source learning algorithms that were first described in a white paper published by Numenta in 2009. The learning algorithms faithfully capture how layers of neurons in the neocortex learn. The white paper has been translated into seven languages by volunteers and has generated considerable interest among developers and research scientists.

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  • Matthew T.

    To anyone who got one of my business cards at this meetup, the email address on the card ([masked]) was not working. I've fixed it now, so if you got a deliver error, please re-send! Sorry about the hassle.

    March 26, 2015

  • Matthew T.

    It was really great seeing everyone excited about HTM.

    March 20, 2015

  • Matthew T.

    Hey everyone. I have posted Jeff's slides. Here is the powerpoint version:

    And here is at PDF version:

    1 · March 18, 2015

  • Katharina K.

    Is this event happening from 19:00-21:00, or from 22:00-00:00? It says latter in the header, but the first in the description.

    March 16, 2015

    • Matthew T.

      I sent another message to those who've RSVPed just in case. :)

      March 17, 2015

    • Frank C.

      Your are right, still showing 10pm on my phone app, but it's correct here. Considering the 3 hr timezone change from SF, I'm guessing it's related. Looking forward to the talk :)

      March 17, 2015

  • Ed M.

    Can I be added to the RSVP wait list? Would be awesome to attend. Ed Maguire [masked] thx!

    March 16, 2015

  • Jose J.

    My RSVP was changed from yes to no. Was that a glitch or some error?

    March 16, 2015

    • Taylor W.

      Hi Jose, you should see your RSVP has been changed back to Yes.

      March 16, 2015

  • Pieter de J.

    Will this be recorded, and if so will the video be made available online? Thanks!

    1 · March 3, 2015

  • Fergal B.

    I'll be in Dublin (the only place to be that day!), but would love to tune in either live or recorded. Enjoy the large fruit, gents..

    March 3, 2015

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