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IBM creates a research group to test Numenta, a brain-like AI software

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Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM by AlexMuller

IBM has established a research group to work on what could be the next big thing in AI software. This news came on April 8 after 100 people were assigned to the project, according to the MIT Technology Review. The IBM team will work on algorithms created by Jeff Hawkins, founder of Numenta.

 
Hawkins spent time creating a theory to explain the inner workings of the human brain, and then applied the concepts to a software blueprint. His algorithms operate in a network, aimed at recreating the behavior of repeating circuits of about 100 neurons in the brain. These neurons can be found on the outer layer of the brain in the neocortex.
 
'Our goal is not to be biologically inspired; I want to re-create exactly,' Hawkins told the news source. “This is how you would really build a machine intelligence' IBM’s 100-person research team has already started using the algorithms to analyze satellite imagery of crops and spot malfunctioning field machinery. Veteran Researcher Winfried Wilcke is leading the team, and he has praised Numenta’s software in the past. The project is known internally as the Cortical Learning Center.
 
Wilcke has described plans to create a computer that’s a physical re-creation of the Numenta algorithms. It would involve stacking multiple silicon wafers on top of each other with physical connections between them, mimicking the networks described in the algorithms.
 
However, not everyone is convinced of Hawkins’ work. For instance, Geometric Intelligence Founder Gary Marcus believes that the algorithms are too simplified. He also argues that the algorithms only mimic some of the known mechanisms of the brain.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-04-17
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I am not sure that exactly recreating working of biological brain would be the way to achieve powerful AI, after all it is intended to be artificial Reply


 

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