On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

1675 Words Feb 26th, 2018 7 Pages
However, though he offers a plausible structure of the brain that mostly aligns with current thinking, he does not take into account important recent research, omitting neurologically developments that have been accepted by the scientific community. The main difference that he offers, between traditional approaches to artificial intelligence and his thinking, is the importance of drawing on memory (and associated learned patterns and processes) versus computation. He discusses at length a hierarchical system of the brain, but leaves out two very important components to that system: the thalamus and hypothalamus. He also draws broad conclusions without discussing specific mechanisms for how they are achieved, so his theory is not entirely sound, though it could prove to be. Also, possibly because of his background, and not being immersed in the world of biological science, he is able to critique areas of neuroscience and artificial intelligence with interesting points about each. The book…

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