On Intelligence by Sandra Blakeslee, Jeff Hawkins

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By Sandra Blakeslee, Jeff Hawkins

From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a brand new and compelling conception of intelligence, mind functionality, and the way forward for clever machines

Jeff Hawkins, the fellow who created the PalmPilot, Treo shrewdpermanent cell, and different hand held units, has reshaped our courting to desktops. Now he stands able to revolutionize either neuroscience and computing in a single stroke, with a brand new figuring out of intelligence itself.

Hawkins develops a robust thought of the way the human mind works, explaining why desktops usually are not clever and the way, according to this new thought, we will eventually construct clever machines.

The mind isn't really a working laptop or computer, yet a reminiscence process that shops stories in a manner that displays the genuine constitution of the realm, remembering sequences of occasions and their nested relationships and making predictions in line with these stories. it really is this memory-prediction method that types the root of intelligence, belief, creativity, or even consciousness.

In a fascinating type that might captivate audiences from the in basic terms curious to the pro scientist, Hawkins indicates how a transparent knowing of ways the mind works will be sure that us to construct clever machines, in silicon, that would exceed our human skill in striking ways.

Written with acclaimed technological know-how author Sandra Blakeslee, On Intelligence supplies to fully transfigure the chances of the expertise age. it's a landmark publication in its scope and clarity.

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Vision is no different from hearing, which is no different from motor output. He allows that our genes specify how the regions of cortex are connected, which is very specific to function and species, but the cortical tissue itself is doing the same thing everywhere. Let's think about this for a moment. To me, sight, hearing, and touch seem very different. They have fundamentally different qualities. Sight involves color, texture, shape, depth, and form. Hearing has pitch, rhythm, and timbre. They feel very different.

But I hope to convince you that all the essential aspects of intelligence occur in the neocortex, with important roles also played by two other brain regions, the thalamus and the hippocampus, that we will discuss later in the book. In the long run, we will need to understand the functional roles of all brain regions. But I believe those matters will be best addressed in the context of a good overall theory of neocortical function. That's my two cents on the matter. Let's get back to the neocortex, or its shorter moniker, the cortex.

Mountcastle makes a similar observation. In a field of anatomists looking for minute differences in cortical regions, he shows that despite the differences, the neocortex is remarkably uniform. The same layers, cell types, and connections exist throughout. It looks like the six business cards everywhere. The differences are often so subtle that trained anatomists can't agree on them. Therefore, Mountcastle argues, all regions of the cortex are performing the same operation. The thing that makes the vision area visual and the motor area motoric is how the regions of cortex are connected to each other and to other parts of the central nervous system.

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