Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new ...more
To put it simply.... Jeff Hawkins is a very intelligent computer engineer who thinks he understands brains in ways that no neuroscientist ever has before, mostly because he is willing to stand by a grand picture where most neuroscientists ...more
The only thing wrong with Jeff Hawkins's book is Jeff Hawkins. His idea for the brain basic structure is exciting. (basically he argues that the brain works off a near-recursive prediction model based on stimulus and memory.) And he's really into intelligent machines. In fact, he may have convinced me not to fear the giant robot armies that have plagued my dreams. Nope. Now I can fear the infinitely-sized hyper-conscious EverMind that operates mainly in the ...more
Computers compute, but brains do pattern recognition. Then they do pattern recognition on the patterns they've recogn ...more
This single algorithm simply looks for patterns. Layers and layers of brain cells performing this pattern recognition result in our sensory experience. Here is an example of how this might work for vision:
Layer 1 receives sensory input from the outside world and looks for general patterns of lines.
Layer 2 receives input from layer 1 and looks fo ...more
Hawkins' theory, in a nutshell, is that intelligence is a manifestation of the brains ability ...more
The treatment of the subject was very pragmat ...more
Awesome read even if you aren't familiar at all with AI, neural networks, or anything tech related. This book takes a stab at trying to explain how we learn, and breaks down the steps that our brain goes through during the process of learning and recollection.
It's a really good mix of easy to understand, higher level philosophical arguments as well as lots of technical details when he get's into the details about how the neocortex performs it's actions, from sensory i ...more
At its core, "On Intelligence" postulates that all higher cognitive functions are built on a single re ...more
This is the second book that Phil Terry asked us to read as part of the Creative Good fellows program. It was writted by Jeff Hawkins, creator of the PalmPilot and Treo. Turns out Jeff's other passion is trying to understand how the brain works.
This book lays out his theory of how the mind works in layman's terms. Hawkins premise is that the brain uses a "memory-prediction" ...more
When I learned about the existence of this book, I was drawn to it for a number of reasons. For one thing, I'm intrigued by the faculty we call intelligence: what is it, exactly? For another, I, like the author Jeff Hawkins, have long been fascinated by the brain and how it works. And finally I was eager to read a book on neuroscience by a nonscientist, for Hawkins, ...more
Instead of a formal review, here is the text of the email I just sent the author:
Dear Mr. Hawkins,
Very quickly into your book I came to the novel realization that I was reading a work that will, in 50 years or sooner, ascend to its rightful position amongst the hallowed likes of Darwin's ‘Origin of Species', Newton's 'Principia', Smith's 'Wealth of Nations’, etc. W ...more
Even the narrator had a tough time regurgitating his words. I'm pretty sure he was encoding "h e l p ... m e" in the duration of his spacing of words.
The good news is I treated it like a self help book as it drilled into my head 107 ways to stroke one's own ego.
Example "I'm not an expert in theoretical Atmospheric Astrophysics" yeah, no shit Sherlock.
Book Review: On Intelligence
The book, On Intelligence, is an informative text on the physiology and psychology of the brain, and a philosophical discussion about the use of intelligence in machines and its possible effects in the future. This book is written by Jeff Hawkins with help from Sandra Blakeslee, but it is mainly centered on Hawkins and his knowledge and opinions. Hawkins is an electrical engineer with a degree from Cornell. Hawkins worked a ...more
this video below outlines the main premises for his brain theories:
Synopsis of the book:
In a nutshell, his theory claims that the evolutionarily unique intelligence of our species can be attributed to the advanced functioning of our neo-cortex. This part of our brain offers a unique memory system of our e ...more
Jeff Hawkins's work points right to the question “ How does brain work? ” As an engineer, he tackle with this one of the most crucial questions of humanity with great scientific scrutiny and incomparable enthusiasm that stems from his childli ...more
On Intelligence is a telling reminder that there is as much role for theoretical ideation as is for experimental inquiry in the field of neuroscience. At a time when any concrete 'universal' theories of the brain are elusive, books like these bring fresh perspectives through the sheer boldness of their hypothesis.
So this then is intelligence. Intelligence, as understood in context of the brain, stems from an ability to glean information from the inherent statistics of the natural world at various levels of...more
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