Numenta researchers discover how the brain learns sequences, a key to intelligent systems

Redwood City, CA – APRIL 12, 2016–How do our brains learn and understand the world? That question is of paramount importance to both neuroscientists and technologists who want to build intelligent machines.It has been understood for over a hundred years that the inputs and outputs of the brain are constantly changing sequences of patterns and therefore learning and recalling sequences must be a fundamental operation of neurons. Numerous proposals have been made for how neural networks might learn sequences. However, these proposals did not match the anatomy and function observed in the brain. Now, researchers at Numenta Inc. have published a new theory that represents a breakthrough in understanding how networks of neurons in the neocortex learn sequences. A paper, authored by Numenta co-founder Jeff Hawkins and VP of Research…


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