May 14, 2021
A Thousand Brains, a new book by Jeff Hawkins, addresses one of science’s greatest questions: what is intelligence and how does the brain create it? In this session, host Daniel Wilt will talk with Jeff about the new book and its potential impact on machine and human intelligence. The book is written in three parts: A New Understanding of the Brain, Machine Intelligence, and Human Intelligence.
Jeff Hawkins is a scientist whose life-long interest in neuroscience led to the creation of Numenta and its focus on neocortical theory. His research focuses on how the cortex learns predictive models of the world through sensation and movement. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, where he served as Director for three years. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he co-founded two companies, Palm and Handspring, where he designed products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Jeff has written two books, On Intelligence (2004 with Sandra Blakeslee) and A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence (2021).
Jeff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.