Numenta Newsletter May 2017
I am pleased to share that several of our employees will be speaking at upcoming events across the country over the next couple of months. These events will target a broad range of audiences, from neuroscientists to data scientists to AI enthusiasts.
On June 18, Senior Engineer Austin Marshall will deliver a special session on “The importance of brain theory in creating intelligent systems” at the 2017 54th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin, TX. Austin will present details and working principles of HTMs before discussing how we can apply brain theory today and where it will take us tomorrow.
On June 28, Open Source Community Manager Matt Taylor will give a talk on “The Biological Path Towards Strong AI” at the O’Reilly AI Conference in Manhattan, NY. His talk will feature detailed, dynamic visualizations of foundational algorithms of the neocortex. Matt uses these visualizations to demonstrate how systems with a biologically accurate neuron model are likely to yield strong AI. Also speaking at this conference is Francisco Webber, co-founder of our strategic partner Cortical.io. Francisco’s session, “AI-powered natural language understanding applications in the financial industry,” will show how Cortical.io’s semantic folding technique helps financial companies meet increased regulatory requirements by automating use cases that involve analyzing large amounts of text.
Research Engineer Yuwei Cui will be one of two speakers at the SF Big Analytics Meetup on July 6. His talk, “What the brain tells us about the future of streaming analytics,” will cover how HTM not only advances our understanding of how the brain may solve sequence learning problems, but also how it’s applicable to real-world sequence learning problems from continuous data streams. Yuwei will also give an in-depth biological talk titled “Presence of high order cell assemblies in mouse visual cortices during natural movie stimulation” at the International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience on June 1 in Boulder, CO. This talk is based on work done in conjunction with Professor Spencer Smith at the Neuroscience Center at the University of North Carolina, which Yuwei blogged about last year.
Speaking of Cortical.io, we were thrilled to learn that the company was recently named a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in AI Core Technologies, 2017. One of five companies in the report, Cortical.io was recognized for its innovative solution. We congratulate the Cortical.io team on this significant recognition.*
In other partner news, Grok published a new whitepaper articulating the company’s vision to help enterprise organizations build an AIOps strategy. Coined by Gartner, AIOps is an emerging set of processes, tools and best practices around algorithmic IT operations. In this paper, Grok discusses the merits of building an AIOps solution, and the advantages of using Grok’s self-healing platform to respond to IT incidents before they lead to application downtime. Grok is holding a webinar on June 6th for people interested in hearing more. Reserve your spot here.
Lastly, we recently made another major update to our living book, Biological and Machine Intelligence. The Problem Sets chapter now contains questions spanning the SDRs, Encoders, Spatial Pooling and Temporal Memory chapters. Keep sending us your comments and questions about BAMI, and don’t forget to follow @NumentaBAMI for notifications.
* Gartner, Cool Vendors in AI Core Technologies, 2017, 16 May 2017
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