Jeff Hawkins Forecasts Future Brainstorms
The Electrical Engineering Times has published an extensive interview with Jeff Hawkins, Palm Computing founder and current CTO of palmOne. The interview talks about the latest breakthroughs he is working on. He also speaks on upcoming for palmOne work and a huge new way to think about intelligent computing.
His latest book On Intelligence, discusses Hawkins theory of how the human brain works and explains his thoughts on why computers today are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can begin to build intelligent machines.
EE Times: Jeff Hawkins thinks he is on the verge of two breakthroughs. As chairman of the Redwood Neuroscience Institute (www.rni.org), where he spends half his time, Hawkins has helped prototype a novel computer vision system using an algorithm based on his theory of how the neocortex works. That algorithm could serve a wide array of applications and spawn a new direction in electronics, Hawkins believes.
EET: You say the next big thing will be machines that work like brains. Why?
Jeff Hawkins: It was clear to me 25 years ago that the brain works on a set of principles different from our everyday computers. Those principles produce amazing behaviors. Flies can fly better than any machine we ever made and are just that big [pinches fingers together]. [...] But as always in technology, when you come out with a whole new computing paradigm, it will blossom into a gazillion things people never thought of before
EET: And the larger goal?
Hawkins: I am on a mission to get an industry started and create a movement. I want a movement that's both academic and industrial, much like what happened with artificial intelligence, but based on the right science.
EET: How do you see your job as CTO for PalmOne?
Hawkins: I'm really a product guy. I tend to focus on the next big thing.
I was very involved in the Treo 600. I was almost not involved at all in the Treo 650. [Now] I am working on something else which is completely different. My value is trying to figure out how to get the next thing going.
Thanks to MountainLogic for the tip.
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