A Thousand Brains Virtual Book Tour Launches, Hiring News and more | January 2021

Christy Maver • VP of Marketing

In this month’s newsletter, we have news on Jeff Hawkins’ upcoming book A Thousand Brains, hiring, and more.

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence on sale March 2, 2021

As we announced last summer, Numenta Co-founder Jeff Hawkins’ new book, A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence will release on March 2, 2021 and is available now to pre-order.  A Thousand Brains addresses one of science’s greatest questions: what is intelligence and how does the brain create it? The book is written in three parts: A New Understanding of the Brain, Machine Intelligence, and Human Intelligence.

  • In Part One, A New Understanding of the Brain, Jeff explains the primary principles of the Thousand Brains Theory and walks through the series of discoveries, some of which were quite surprising, that led to theory’s creation.
  • In Part Two, Machine Intelligence, Jeff discusses how the theory can impact the future of artificial intelligence. He looks at why today’s AI is not intelligent, whether machines can be conscious, and the existential risks of machine intelligence.
  • In Part 3, Human Intelligence, Jeff examines how human intelligence is not only the source of our success but also may be our greatest threat. He explores how the brain creates false beliefs and why they’re so hard to overcome. He also introduces different ways we can improve the future of humanity and reduce the risks we face as a species.

Over the next month, we’ll be releasing new materials about the book, including a video and podcast series with Jeff, where he’ll talk about each section.  Follow us on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss it.

An Evening at Kepler’s Book Store with Jeff Hawkins and Anil Ananthaswamy – March 10

Jeff will kick off his virtual book tour on March 10 with an evening at Kepler’s Literary Foundation in a discussion with Anil Ananthaswamy. Our CEO Donna Dubinsky will introduce the event, which promises to be a fascinating discussion about the new book. Purchase your ticket to reserve your spot today.

We’re Hiring – Research and Engineering Manager

Are you an engineering manager with an eye for research? Do you have experience with machine learning techniques and efficient algorithm implementations? Can you lead a team focused on optimizing and scaling neuroscience-inspired machine learning algorithms on various hardware platforms? If so, or you know someone who is, encourage them to apply to our Research and Engineering Manager position and join a team dedicated to advancing machine intelligence through neuroscience.

3 – 2 – 1 Frontiers!

As 2020 came to a close, we hit a publishing milestone to close out the decade. Our seminal paper, “A Framework for Intelligence and Cortical Function Based on Grid Cells in the Neocortex,” became the 3rd most viewed paper in its peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers in Neural Circuits. With that jump, Numenta attained the top 3 most viewed papers of all time in the journal. Our “Neuron,” “Columns” and “Frameworks” paper have received more than 180,000 combined views.

New on the Blog: Q&A with Niels Leadholm, Numenta Visiting Scholar 2020

Niels Leadholm recently wrapped 12 weeks with Numenta through our visiting research scholar program. In this in-depth interview with Marketing Associate Charmaine Lai, Niels talks about what drew him to Numenta, the research he conducted during his time here, and what’s next. Read about his unique experience as our first completely virtual scholar in our latest blog post.

Reinforce AI – March 5, 2021

On March 5, Numenta Senior AI Researcher Lucas Souza will present at the Reinforce AI Conference hosted by Ericsson. Bringing together AI experts from around the globe, the conference will cover such topics as understandable AI, the ethics of AI and the future of AI. Lucas will talk about Numenta’s recent work in the space and how our biological approach is yielding significant performance benefits.

Partner News

On Friday, February 5 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT, our partner Grokstream is hosting a 30 minute webinar, “Is Your AIOps Initiative Measuring Up?” CEO Casey Kindiger will discuss how to set realistic objectives and measure the benefits of machine learning projects in IT Operations. Sign up today to reserve your spot.

Thank you for continuing to follow Numenta.

Christy Maver
VP of Marketing

Christy Maver • VP of Marketing

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