A Thousand Brains is here! Read on for more details about the release of Jeff Hawkins’ new book, research updates, and more.
A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence
I’m excited to share that A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins is now on sale.
A Thousand Brains tackles one of life’s greatest mysteries: what is intelligence and how does the brain create it? Jeff talks about the discoveries he made with the Numenta team that led to the ground-breaking theory of how the brain works and what it means to be intelligent. Jeff’s story-telling, peppered with numerous examples throughout, makes brain theory accessible and relevant for even the casual reader. His thoughtful exploration of what it means to understand the brain has implications for the future of neuroscience, AI and even humanity.
“Don’t read this book at night,” biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins warns in the foreword. “Not that it’s frightening. It won’t give you nightmares. But it is so exhilarating, so stimulating, it’ll turn your mind into a whirling maelstrom of excitingly provocative ideas—you’ll want to rush out and tell someone rather than go to sleep.”
Jeff will kick off his virtual book tour on March 10 with an evening at Kepler’s Literary Foundation in a discussion with Anil Anathaswamy and introduction by our CEO Donna Dubinsky. Purchase your ticket to reserve your spot today. You can find more information on where Jeff will be touring (virtually) to discuss his book here.
To learn more about A Thousand Brains, visit AThousandBrains.com, where you’ll find several additional resources, including a four-part video and podcast series with Jeff offering a preview of why he wrote the book and what readers can expect in each of the book’s three sections.
Numenta Research Events and Updates
Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements (NICE) Workshop 2021 | March 16 – 19, 2021
On March 17, Jeff and our VP of Research and Engineering Subutai Ahmad will present a keynote at the NICE workshop titled, “From Brains to Silicon — Applying lessons from neuroscience to machine learning.” They will discuss Numenta’s progress of applying sparsity to existing deep learning networks, as shown in our technology demonstration in November 2020.
Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE) 2021 | February 23 – 26, 2021
Last week, our visiting research scholar Niels Leadholm presented a poster at the COSYNE conference titled “Grid Cell Path Integration for Movement-Based Visual Object Recognition,” which is now available on our website. The poster proposes that grid cell computations, which underpin strong human performance in object recognition, can help bring robustness and flexibility to artificial and machine learning systems.
New on the Blog: Why Neural Networks Forget, and Lessons from the Brain
Why do neural networks forget previously learned tasks so easily after learning a new one? In this new blog post , our machine learning researcher Karan Grewal addresses why neural networks do not learn continually and how the brain is thought to succeed at learning task after task.
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