Unlocking Performance with Brain-Based AI

Backed by two decades of neuroscience research, Numenta has developed breakthroughs in AI that dramatically increase performance across broad use cases such as natural language processing and computer vision.  Our technology helps companies:

  • Enable 10-100x performance improvements in Deep Learning
  • Reduce their cost and energy footprint
  • Unlock new AI capabilities and applications 

At the core of our technology is The Thousand Brains Theory, our framework for intelligence in the human brain.  This deep understanding of the brain allows us to develop new architectures and algorithms that deliver disruptive performance improvements and enable new capabilities for AI.

Extreme Performance AI

Numenta has developed breakthrough advances that enable customers to achieve 10-100X improvement in performance across broad AI and ML use cases, such as natural language processing and computer vision. Leveraging fundamental insights from years of neuroscience research, Numenta has defined new algorithms that deliver disruptive performance improvements.

We work with companies to apply our technology across a broad spectrum of use cases and solve some of today’s most pressing problems:

  • Improve model development
  • Accelerate training and inference
  • Increase throughput and reduce latency
  • Achieve a significantly lower energy footprint
  • Decrease memory footprint
  • Optimize networks on any hardware (CPU, GPU, FPGA or edge devices) 
  • Lower operating and energy costs in datacenters

Contact us to learn how you can get started with our technology today.

The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence

Numenta technology is grounded on a sensorimotor framework of intelligence described in Jeff Hawkins’ book A Thousand Brains and in our research publications. The theory describes how neuroscience findings detailing the structure and function of the brain can be translated to working systems. 

The framework suggests mechanisms for how the brain efficiently represents information, learns about the structure of the world, and makes predictions. By building technology on these core principles, we can overcome today’s performance challenges and unlock new capabilities in AI.

Architecture

Sparse connectivity
Neurons with dendrites
Sensorimotor circuitry
and more

Data Structure

Contextual activations
3D reference frames
Uncertainty with unions
and more

Algorithms

k-Winner-Take-All
Sensorimotor Learning
Distributed model voting
and more

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From startups to enterprise corporations, Numenta is engaging with several companies to apply our platform technology across the full spectrum of AI, from model development to training and deployment. Get in touch to learn how you can get benefit from our technology today.

Reduce Cost & Energy Footprint

Dramatically drive down costs without sacrificing accuracy

Develop & Deploy Models Faster

Accelerate time-to-market and achieve 10-100X performance improvements

Unlock New Capabilities

Create novel hardware architectures and enable new categories of applications

Learn more about our partners here.

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Our Neuroscience Research

Our AI technology is based on two decades of neuroscience research and breakthrough advances in understanding what the neocortex does and how it does it. 

We have developed a framework of intelligence called the Thousand Brains Theory and made discoveries on how neurons make predictions, the role of dendritic spikes in cortical processing, how cortical layers learn sequences, and how cortical columns learn to model objects through movement.

The challenge is to apply these discoveries to practical AI systems. By translating neuroscience theory to hardware architectures, data structures, and algorithms, we can deliver dramatic performance gains in today’s deep learning networks and unlock new capabilities for future AI systems. Learn more about the neuroscience behind our work here.

What’s New in Research

Avoiding Catastrophe: Active Dendrites Enable Multi-Task Learning in Dynamic Environments 

We investigate if biologically inspired neurons can lead to a general solution to catastrophic interference. We found that active dendrites and sparse representations work together to mitigate catastrophic interference in dynamic settings.

Two Sparsities Are Better Than One: Unlocking the Performance Benefits of Sparse-Sparse Networks

We introduce Complementary Sparsity, a novel technique that significantly improves the performance of dual sparse networks on existing hardware. We demonstrate that we can achieve high performance running weight-sparse networks, and can multiply those speedups by incorporating activation sparsity.

Publications

We have a growing collection of published peer-reviewed papers, supplemental white papers and research manuscripts. We document our research in several ways, including peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings, research reports, and invited talks. You can search our publications by category or by year.

  • Research papers • View and download the papers we have published and posted on preprint servers.
  • Conference posters • View and download the posters we have presented at academic events.
  • Outside Research • See how scientists have extended our work.

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Backed by two decades of neuroscience research, Numenta is delivering brain-based AI. With a rich understanding of the brain, we create deep learning technology that delivers real value today and opens new possibilities for tomorrow. Our algorithms, data structures and architectures help increase time to value, improve model development, accelerate training, and reduce costs and energy consumption.

Our Mission

Apply our neuroscience discoveries to dramatically increase performance and unlock new capabilities of AI​

Our mission is to leverage fundamental insights from our neuroscience research to deliver disruptive performance improvements in deep learning systems and unlock new AI capabilities and applications.

Today’s AI have accomplished many impressive tasks but are restricted to narrow, specific goals. In stark contrast, intelligent machines built on the neocortical principles continuously learn from their environment without supervision, enabling them to tackle problems in entirely new ways. Intelligent machines that learn will have an enormous beneficial impact across the full spectrum of AI in the coming decades, and the human brain provides the blueprint for building them.

Our Progress

Deep neuroscience research provides the foundation for our brain-based AI work

From our inception, Numenta has had two goals. First, to understand the human brain, and how it creates intelligence. Second, to apply these principles to enable machine intelligence. Leveraging our achievements on the former goal, we are now developing breakthrough advances in AI technology that are critical for addressing today’s AI pain points and enabling new AI categories.

Numenta has developed a broad framework for understanding what the neocortex does and how it does it, called the Thousand Brains Theory of IntelligenceWe document our research in peer-reviewed papers and have a growing list of more than 50 U.S. and international patents.

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Careers

We may be busy unlocking the full capabilities of AI, but we’ve got a work-hard, play-hard attitude. At the heart of the peninsula, our downtown Redwood City location is a short walk from the Caltrain station. When we are in the office, our kitchen is stocked with snacks, and we enjoy weekly catered lunches from a variety of local restaurants. Outside the office, we enjoy getting together for company events, happy hours, and other fun activities. In the past, we’ve cheered on the SF Giants, baked pies at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, and do-si-doed through the night.

In addition to our full-time positions, we are always looking for strong research candidates to join us through our research internships.

Numenta Work Environment

Numenta is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a physical office in downtown Redwood City.  We are currently requesting that employees work from the office on Tuesday and Wednesday. The remaining days, employees can choose to work from the office or from home.  Although we favor employees who are based in the Bay Area, we can make exceptions.  In those cases, we ask that employees travel to the Bay Area at least two times per year at specified times.  The Numenta office is restricted to people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Prospective employees should be prepared to submit documentation of vaccination.

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Management Team

Subutai Ahmad

Subutai Ahmad

Interim CEO, VP R&D

Celeste Baranski

COO

Christy Maver

VP Marketing
Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Donna Dubinsky*

CEO & Co-Founder

Board of Directors

Ed Colligan

Former President & CEO, Palm, Inc.

Donna Dubinsky*

CEO & Co-Founder

Mike Farmwald

General Partner, Skymoon Ventures

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Harry Saal

Chairman, Retrotope, Inc.

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To help you learn about our theory and technology, we have created a number of videos, podcasts and educational resources. They are designed for anyone who wants to learn more about Numenta’s technology and the neuroscience research behind it.

  • Videos • From keynote presentations to invited talks to cortical animations, view our library of videos to see our research developments firsthand.
  • Books by Jeff Hawkins • Read the books where Jeff shares many of his research discoveries that led to our theory of intelligence and how that theory will impact the future of neuroscience and AI.
  • Biological and Machine Intelligence (BAMI)  This book (Biological And Machine Intelligence) documents many of the fundamental concepts of our theory and algorithms as of 2016.
  • HTM Research • HTM is an older algorithmic implementation of the Thousand Brains Theory. 
″Filled with fascinating insights into the architecture of the brain and tantalizing clues about the future of intelligent machines.” ― Bill Gates

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Subutai Ahmad

Interim CEO, VP R&D

Subutai has deep expertise and more than 25 years of experience in computational neuroscience, deep learning and real-time computer vision. He has previously served as VP Engineering at YesVideo, Inc. where he helped grow the company from a three-person start-up to a leader in automated digital media authoring. In 1997, Subutai co- founded ePlanet Interactive, a spin-off from Interval Research. ePlanet developed the IntelPlay Me2Cam, the first computer vision product developed for consumers. He has served as a key researcher at Interval Research.

Subutai holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Celeste Baranski

COO

Celeste has vast experience in high tech engineering, design and management. Previously, Celeste was SVP Engineering & Operations at Panasas, a Big Data storage provider. She was CEO and Co-Founder of Vitamin D, one of the first developers to use the NuPIC platform. Celeste also served in VP Engineering roles at Palm and at Handspring, where she led the companies’ engineering efforts for handheld computers and smartphones. Celeste has built effective engineering teams, starting from a few to over 500 and has delivered numerous successful and award-winning products.


Celeste holds both a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Christy Maver

VP of Marketing

Christy brings more than two decades of technology marketing and communications experience to Numenta. Previously, she launched analytics programs for the Retail and Healthcare industries as the Global Product Marketing Director of Analytics at Actian. Christy held a number of software marketing roles during her 13 years at IBM, where she managed user groups, produced live demos and developed big data video tutorials. She was also one of the founding members of IBM’s thought leadership group: the IBM Institute for Business Value.

Christy holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Jeff is a scientist whose life-long interest in neuroscience led to the creation of Numenta and its focus on neocortical theory. His research focuses on how the cortex learns predictive models of the world through sensation and movement. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, where he served as Director for three years. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he co-founded two companies, Palm and Handspring, where he designed products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Jeff has written two books, On Intelligence (2004 with Sandra Blakeslee) and A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence (2021).

Jeff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Donna Dubinsky

CEO & Co-Founder

*On temporary assignment at U.S. Department of Commerce

Donna is a serial entrepreneur best known for her work as CEO of Palm Computing and then Handspring, pioneers of the first successful handheld computers and smartphones. Previously, Donna spent 10 years in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary. She founded Numenta with her long-time business partner, Jeff Hawkins, in 2005.

Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In addition to chairing Numenta’s board, she currently serves on the board of  Twilio (NYSE: TWLO). Donna also served on the board of Yale University from 2006-2018, including two years as Senior Fellow.

Ed Colligan

Former President & CEO, Palm, Inc.

Ed has been a part of the core team of five Silicon Valley start-ups. Ed’s first big success was Radius, Inc. where he was instrumental in building products and the brand. After Radius, Ed was the first vice president of marketing for Palm where he helped develop the original Palm Pilot, the Palm brand and Palm’s product strategy. He moved on from Palm to found Handspring where Ed and his partners created the forbearer of all future smartphones; the Handspring Treo. Ed drove the transaction that reunited Palm and Handspring into a single Palm again. He established relationships with wireless carriers globally and drove Palm’s annual smartphone business to more than $2 billion. As the CEO of Palm, Ed spearheaded the transformation that created the WebOS platform and Palm Pre line of smartphones.

Ed now spends his time investing in and mentoring entrepreneurs. Ed is a board member of Numenta, Inc., Active Mind Technology, and POPS Worldwide, and is an investor and on the board of advisors of six other start-up companies. Ed holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Mike Farmwald

General Partner, Skymoon Ventures

Mike is a successful serial entrepreneur. He has founded many companies with breakthrough technologies including FTL, a super computing company that merged with MIPs, Epigram, which was acquired by Broadcom, Rambus and Matrix Semiconductor, a creator of 3D integrated circuits.

Mike currently sits on the board of Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS). He is participating on the Numenta board as an individual, rather than as a representative of Skymoon Ventures. Mike holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Harry Saal

Chairman, Retrotope, Inc.

In 2002, Dr. Harry J. Saal was chosen by the US Department of Justice to lead the Technical Committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft Antitrust case, and he served as Chairman of the Committee through the May 2011 expiration of the Judgment.

Harry founded Nestar Systems, a pioneer in local area network systems, in 1978. In 1986, Harry became the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation, the first company wholly dedicated to the area of network diagnostics. From 1993 through 1995, Harry served as founding CEO and President of Smart Valley, Inc., a non-profit organization chartered to create a regional electronic community based on an advanced information infrastructure and the collective ability to use it.

Harry is active in philanthropy and community affairs, and serves on the board of the American Institute of Mathematics, among others. Harry holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.