Friday, October 29, 2010

Jeff Hawkins speech on November 12

For the first time in eight months, it looks like Jeff Hawkins will be speaking publicly about Numenta's work. The bad news is that, per the contact for the event, it will not be broadcast or recorded. I am hoping that that information turns out to be incorrect. Hawkins is giving the 2010 SmithGroup Lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Based on the abstract provided by Numenta, Hawkins will discuss Numenta's overall neocortical theory, the new learning algorithms, and how he believes hierarchical learning machine intelligence models will evolve in the future. Perhaps we will get lucky and someone will create an amateur video of the event. Definitely sounds interesting.

UPDATE: Interestingly, it looks like Hawkins is going to be giving the same talk at MIT's Center for Biological and Computational Learning on November 10. This is great to see, because MIT's CBCL has some of the leading research going on in the field of biologically inspired machine learning. For instance, Tomaso Poggio, who I have mentioned on this blog, is a part of CBCL. This is the type of publicity that I was hoping to see for Numenta. Here is a link:!/event.php?eid=150521674991840


  1. Hi I've just found this blog, (I saw the link on Dileeps blog). Im more interested in the mathematical and alogrithmical stuff of HTM-s ,but -as i see- a lot of good posts, news here(like this) ,so thanks...

  2. Hey - great posts lately! Any chance we can get a video of the Nov 10th talk?

    Thanks again!

  3. I wish. I contacted the sponsors for both the November 10th and the November 12th events, and both said that they were not recording the events. That is unfortunate, because the whitepaper does not talk at all about experiments with applications, and Jeff always gets into applications in his talks.