On Intelligence (Google eBook)
From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines
Jeff 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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Review: On IntelligenceUser Review - Wersly - Goodreads
Best of this book: the chapter where Hawkins lays down his theory of cortical function and expands on its implications. Really thought provoking stuff; he's got a way of extrapolating and coming to ... Read full review
Review: On IntelligenceUser Review - Pohsuan Huang - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review