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Mission & History

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Video: Our Story (02:32)

Numenta was founded with a dual mission: to reverse-engineer the neocortex and apply that knowledge to the creation of machine intelligence. Over the years, we’ve had periods where we’ve focused more on commercial efforts, but our primary mission has always been a scientific one. As a result, our focus has reverted back to progressing our neuroscience research.

We have made significant progress in understanding the neocortex and building software based on those principles. In 2013 we decided we wanted to be transparent and make our work available to the broader community. We put all of our research and software implementations into open source, and we began publishing peer-reviewed papers with the goal of documenting all of our discoveries in open access scientific journals.

Numenta Historical Timeline