• The IBM team will work on algorithms created by Jeff Hawkins, founder of Numenta. Hawkins spent time creating a theory to explain the inner workings of the human brain, and then applied the concepts to a software blueprint. His algorithms operate in a network, aimed at recreating the behavior of repeating circuits of about 100 neurons in the brain.
  • IBM’s 100-person research team has already started using the algorithms to analyze satellite imagery of crops and spot malfunctioning field machinery. Veteran Researcher Winfried Wilcke is leading the team, and he has praised Numenta’s software in the past. The project is known internally as the Cortical Learning Center.
  • Wilcke has described plans to create a computer that’s a physical re-creation of the Numenta algorithms. It would involve stacking multiple silicon wafers on top of each other with physical connections between them, mimicking the networks described in the algorithms.

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