Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing


Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain — to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.

Jeff Hawkins pioneered the development of PDAs such as the Palm and Treo. Now he’s trying to understand how the human brain really works, and adapt its method — which he describes as a deep system for storing memory — to create new kinds of computers and tools.

We are our brains. My brain is talking to your brain; our bodies are hanging along for the ride.” (Jeff Hawkins)

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  1. Reblogged this on forcemoment and commented:
    On a tangent there is existing technology which connects a wearable video camera to an implant in the occipital lobe. This experimental technology could lead to the blind learning how to see once again.
    Here’s a .pdf from the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs on the Brown University domain.

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