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Can We Copy the Brain? a #series of technical papers on the subject via @ieeespectrum

Can We Copy the Brain? a #series of technical papers on the subject via @ieeespectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Intensive efforts to re-create human cognition will transform the way we work, learn, and play

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We often hear of AI and machine learning using neural networks and deep learning algorithms. In parallel, there are many other efforts being deployed to understand the brain to try and mimic it. This is a series of articles in IEEE Spectrum that provide just the right level of technical insights to help you understand where we stand on the matter. Many hours of interesting reading ahead!

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In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different

In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
AI will change that because there is no way any human being can outsmart, for example, IBM’s Watson, at least without augmentation. Smart machines can process, store, and recall information faster and better than we humans. Additionally, AI can pattern-match faster and produce a wider array of alternatives than we can. AI can even learn faster. In an age of smart machines, our old definition of what makes a person smart doesn’t make sense.
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We must change the way we are and behave in the age of machine intelligence and this article provides great insights.

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Homo Prospectus: We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment- our brain is always predicting the future #newBook

Homo Prospectus: We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment- our brain is always predicting the future #newBook | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.

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This article provides a short summary of this new book, homo prospectus. It sheds light into how our brain works and why it is in fact prediction machine, always predicting the future. 

 

I wrote about a similar book in the past, On Intelligence, which I also strongly recommend.

http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

 

For more on intelligence posts I wrote, look here: http://fmcs.digital/blog/tag/intelligence/ 

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Dave berkeley's curator insight, June 8, 2017 8:49 AM
Always striving to live in the moment is sometimes difficult. I would add our brain also wants to dwell on the past as well.What say you?
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Mind control: Correcting robot mistakes using EEG brain signals | Robohub

Mind control: Correcting robot mistakes using EEG brain signals | Robohub | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them explicit commands for very specific tasks. But what if we could develop robots that were a more natural extension of us and that could actually do whatever we are thinking?

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University is working on this problem, creating a feedback system that lets people correct robot mistakes instantly with nothing more than their brains.

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Mind control is the last frontier. We are not there yet but initiatives like this show the potential.

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us - a reminder that #AI may have a bad side via @wired 

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us - a reminder that #AI may have a bad side via @wired  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

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Written in 2000 and still valid - maybe more than ever in our age of AI and deep learning.

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"On Intelligence" #mustRead to understand frontal cortex architecture & what makes us intelligent  

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 understanding of intelligence itself.

Hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.

The brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure of the world, remembering sequences of events and their nested relationships and making predictions based on those memories. It is this memory-prediction system that forms the basis of intelligence, perception, creativity, and even consciousness.

In an engaging style that will captivate audiences from the merely curious to the professional scientist, Hawkins shows how a clear understanding of how the brain works will make it possible for us to build intelligent machines, in silicon, that will exceed our human ability in surprising ways.

Written with acclaimed science writer Sandra Blakeslee, On Intelligence promises to completely transfigure the possibilities of the technology age. It is a landmark book in its scope and clarity.

 

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A must read book.

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1986 Essay on Brain Theory still as relevant today as it was 30 years ago

1986 Essay on Brain Theory still as relevant today as it was 30 years ago | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Numenta — Leading the New Era of Machine Intelligence
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Jeff Hawkins is most well known for creating the palm pilot handheld device in the 1990s. He also is a very intelligent man and neuroscientist. He penned the Book On Intelligence (http://amzn.to/2c1GBdZ) which provides an explanation fo the architecture of the neurocortex and founded a company, numenta (www.numenta.com), to implement this architecture in software.

 

Jeff recently re-published a 1986 paper he wrote which attending Berkley University where he presents his theory. This blog post provides context and a link to the paper which should be read as it presents his theories very well. 

 

I wrote about other ideas and solutions from Jeff Hawkins before: 

http://sco.lt/6Mpg8H

http://sco.lt/4lqtfN 

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#AI mobile app provides real-time #stock market insights @numenta

#AI mobile app provides real-time #stock market insights @numenta | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

HTM for Stocks monitors financial and social data (specifically stock price, stock volume and Twitter volume) for a couple hundred stocks and alerts you in real-time when a significant anomaly is occurring.

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Describes an artificial intelligence solution that monitors stock market and raises notifications when things are different than the predicted behaviour of the stock.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Our brain is a massive prediction engine, based on the work that Jeff Hawkins has presented in his book On Intelligence http://amzn.to/2caWZuk 

 

Applications from this brain architecture theory have started to emerge with this stock market prediction being one of them.

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Real-life Solutions that can be developed with @Grok

Real-life Solutions that can be developed with @Grok | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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This page presents some solutions that can be built on top of Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference


I believe there are many more applications that those listed here. In Retail, for eCommerce prediction and fraud prevention. In Finance, for anomaly detection in the price of stocks or fasat changing data. Medical applications, weather applications, etc. etc.


For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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Grok Technology explained via @grok @numenta

Grok Technology explained via @grok @numenta | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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This is detailed explanation of the algorithm that powers Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference.


This is not easy reading but well worth the effort for those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.


Follow links in the grok website to the CLA algorithm whitepaper which presents the geeky version of this algorithm.

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Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired

Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Computer scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Hawkins -- best known as the inventor of the Palm Pilot -- has a unified theory of the brain's inner workings and has created algorithms for applying this theory to computer science. 


After leaving Handspring, Hawkins founded the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience to study the brain full-time, and he co-authored On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee. In 2005, he co-founded Grok, originally known as Numenta, to turn his intelligence research into a marketable product.

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A very high level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference


For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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A very high-level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference

For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired 

Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Computer scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Hawkins -- best known as the inventor of the Palm Pilot -- has a unified theory of the brain's inner workings and has created algorithms for applying this theory to computer science. 


After leaving Handspring, Hawkins founded the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience to study the brain full-time, and he co-authored On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee. In 2005, he co-founded Grok, originally known as Numenta, to turn his intelligence research into a marketable product.

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A very high-level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference

For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, November 9, 2013 12:25 PM

A very high level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference


For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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