On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines

On Intelligence How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence brain function and the future of intelligent machinesJeff Hawkins the man who created the PalmPilot Treo smart

  • Title: On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines
  • Author: Jeff Hawkins Sandra Blakeslee
  • ISBN: 9780805078534
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machinesJeff 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 uFrom the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machinesJeff 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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    1. Okay. This book and I didn't get along terribly well, but the experience was nevertheless a valuable one. So, 3 stars, even though I disagree fundamentally with some of the theory and the style of presentation. This will be a long one; bear with me.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 want to investi [...]

    2. "On Intelligence (and Condescension)" 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 [...]

    3. Hawkins' theory is that the entire sensory cortex runs a single cortical algorithm to perform all of its sensory functions.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 for patterns of edges from those [...]

    4. Condescending, but interesting. A thousand examples too long. Or, to put it another way, the examples were 1 + 999 too many. Or as one might say, 10*100 examples are too many. In case I haven't made myself clear, think of it this way: more than 200 + 800 examples are in this book. This is heady stuff, so let me say it again. 400 + 600 examples are here, and more.Computers compute, but brains do pattern recognition. Then they do pattern recognition on the patterns they've recognized. Then they re [...]

    5. Jeff Hawkins has done a remarkable thing. He's essentially synthesised all of the information we have on how the brain works into a simple, elegant and utterly comprehensible theory of intelligence that will pave the way to the creation of truly intelligent machines. That's a massive claim I know but I honestly don't think I have ever read a simpler, more straightforward account of what intelligence is. Hawkins' theory, in a nutshell, is that intelligence is a manifestation of the brains ability [...]

    6. I picked this up on sale but I can't finish it. I wanted a bright person's coherent and logical progression through a model of the brain. As bright as the author might be, he is astonishingly tone deaf to how distracting the relentless implicit and direct accolades he gives to himself are to the science he is trying to explain. The book might be summarized as a tapestry of duction (all about me!)look at me again!iencelook at me!look at me!iencedid you see me?! etc Assumptions and assertions abou [...]

    7. 4.23 starsAwesome 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 input all the way t [...]

    8. The book is a take on understanding (human-like) intelligence. The author introduces memory prediction framework to explain the kind of intelligence humans possess. He defines intelligence as the ability to predict. This ability (prediction) can then take different shapes, like decision-making and even creativity. He view the brain as a pattern-recognition device. Different sensory inputs, he claims, are treated in (almost) the same way by the brain. The treatment of the subject was very pragmat [...]

    9. Moderately entertaining speculation on how intelligence works on a neural level in humans. A lot of his criticisms of neuroscience as practiced rung true to me (a more-than-layman less-than-initiate for this field) 10 years later, though I wouldn't be as extreme as he is. The framework he puts forth is at least plausible and has a certain elegance to it. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot of support provided, and a lot of the assertions he makes (particularly his high confidence in Mountcast [...]

    10. Jeff Hawkins is most commonly known for inventing one of the first handheld computer devices, the palm pilot, and founding the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. Although he has expressed interest in artificial intelligence his whole life, he has also expressed a deep interest for Neuroscience as shown in his book On Intelligence. In this book he brings the ideas of artificial intelligence and neuroscience together to present his theory of how the brain processes information. Here are [...]

    11. Mr Hawkins' dream was to encapsulate a basic theory of intelligence in a straightforward plainly written book. Written with science writer Sandra Blakeslee, "On Intelligence" combines Mr Hawkins' motivational autobiography, a scientific treatise on natural and artificial intelligence, and a philosophical discussion delivered in a no-nonsense, unembellished, yet stimulating narrative.At its core, "On Intelligence" postulates that all higher cognitive functions are built on a single relatively sim [...]

    12. original review:reemer/archives/2005/0This 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" framework to operate, and states that his model fills in a lot of holes in existing m [...]

    13. هذا الكتاب و حياتي يدوران حول شغفينالاول هو برمجة الكمبيوترات المحمولة و الثاني هو الذكاءهكذا بدأ المؤلف الكتاب لا اعتقد اني ابالغ الكتاب ثورة في العلم و يؤدي حاليا الي ثورة في التقنية موضوع الكتاب ببساطة شديدة هو ان الذكاء البشري هو نوع من انواع المعالجة التي يمكن محاكاته [...]

    14. I can't really say this was a practical book but it definitely gives a different perspective on how the brain works and how the current AI implementations are totally off the target. It's enlightening. Worth the read if you are a software developer for sure.

    15. Interesting high-level theory of how the neocortex works, and a call to create "intelligent" machines that use the same algorithm/structure to perform pattern matching, hierarchical learning and prediction

    16. This engaging, non(too)technical book offers a new and plausible theory of how the brain, or more specifically the neocortex, works.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, [...]

    17. The Most Influential Work of the 21st Century? I guess we'll see (but for now I certainly think so).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. What perhaps surprised me most [...]

    18. Sadly, I found him to be arrogant. Normally I don't mind this, but it felt so indulgent it took away from the content.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.He must have said "I'm not an [...]

    19. Nizar Hadeli12/14/14Book 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 at Intel, helping with th [...]

    20. Interesting theory, worth thinking about. The author went on about how traditional AI is lacking in many abilities that brain-like AI would do better in, which I found a bit annoying because some of the things he said about AI's failures were wrong or exaggerated. But other than that, a good book.

    21. Weak. The theory's interesting, sure, but in a book ostensibly targeted at the layman, alarm bells are set ringing by the author's dismissal of 'mainstream neuroscientists': as though the target audience is at all capable of forming coherent argument against the neuroscientific status quo. The resultant bag of salt I took this with massively affected my enjoyment.

    22. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. Yes, this book will be a lot of review if you come from a neuroscience background, but I still found that I was being introduced to new concepts that really rang true. For example, I liked how he described intelligence as being about making accurate predictions. His description of the feedback loops found in the brain circuitry as existing to facilitate prediction-checking really made a lot of sense and is a great foundation for building intelli [...]

    23. Jeff Hawkins' theories about the brain are geniusis video below outlines the main premises for his brain theories:ted/talks/jeff_hawkins 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 experiences. The neo-cortex is like a giant file cabinet of all of our previous experiences. in a sense, it analyzes the inpu [...]

    24. insightful, inspiring, scientifically supported piece of technical writing, which however more thrilling than sci-fi to me. Easy to understand for general public, straightforward writing style saves your time on understanding what exactly is intelligence.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 childl [...]

    25. 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 vario [...]

    26. If, like me, you're a software developer with an interest in true artificial intelligence, this is a very stimulating book. Hawkins applies his own engineer's mind to an effort to discern and describe the human brain's underlying "cortical algorithm", the means by which intelligence "works". As Hawkins sees it, the neuroscience community has been too focused on the minutae of how neurons function, without giving adequate consideration to the brain's overall learning and decision-making architect [...]

    27. One of the things I do in San Miguel de Allende is read a lot. I am not sure where I even got this book. But I had it here and decided to tackle it. Jeff Hawkins is the guy who invented Graffiti (the software for handwriting recognition that was used on the Palm Pilot and also on the Handspring) but he has also had a real interest in human intelligence. So he started his career as a programmer - but as he thought about it the way we build computers is not the way the brain works. He tried at one [...]

    28. Although published in 2004, this book still gives many insights on how information flows through the brain and how perception arises. Nowadays, when scientific news are full of breakthroughs achieved by AI and machine learning algorithms, that`s exactly the moment to ask - how far this algorithms from the actual work of the brain? Does it need to imitate brain at all in order to achieve the same level of object recognition and sophistication as humans have? According to the book, the main featur [...]

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