Re: WHITE PAPER: Numenta's Hierarchical Temporal Memory (Jeff Hawkins and Dileep George)

From: Charles D Hixson (
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 12:27:30 MDT

Joshua Fox wrote:
> Interesting white paper. Any comments on whether this will work?
> My (non-expert) impression, like neural networks, this lacks
> sufficient built-in structure to achieve full general intelligence
> (not that they claim it would), but that it may form a useful module,
> which, along with other recent AI developments, another, more central,
> module could put to good use.
> Joshua
To me this doesn't appear to be an attempt to create a general AI, but
rather only components that could be adapted to several different
purposes, including an AI.
It also doesn't appear to include sufficient detail to judge whether or
not it would work. It's like many such papers in being designed to
eventually allow claim to original discovery, without revealing enough
to allow others to get there ahead of you. (No shame here. This is
common practice in academic research, where priority is highly valued.)

I find what it does say to be interesting, but not convincing. Much of
it meshes with what I know or believe, in other places he uses language
that it, to me, full of terms that are either undefined or incompletely
defined. OTOH, I haven't even devoted much thought at all to visual
(i.e., time varying 2D data) pattern recognition, which is where he
appears to be placing most of his efforts.

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