Data Science 101: Building Brains to Understand the World’s Data

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For this segment of insideBIGDATA Data Science 101, we have a very compelling Google Tech Talk “Building Brains to Understand the World’s Data” presented by Jeff Hawkins, co-founder of Numenta and who also founded Palm and Handspring.

Hawkins discusses how the neocortex works on principles that are fundamentally different than traditional computers. He describes recent advances in understanding the neocortex and how we are applying them to model millions of high velocity data streams. The talk will start with a description of sparse distributed representations which are the fundamental units of information in brains. He then discusses how these representations are learned and how the brain processes them to build predictive models from sensory data. Hawkins’ company Numenta has built a product called Grok that emulates these capabilities of the neocortex. Grok is being used to understand high velocity machine generated data in many different domains. Viewing this talk will give a brief introduction to Grok and speculate on the future of machine intelligence. Enjoy!


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