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A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence


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A bestselling author, neuroscientist, and computer engineer unveils a theory of intelligence that will revolutionize our understanding of the brain and the future of AI.

For all of neuroscience's advances, we've made little progress on its biggest question: How do simple cells in the brain create intelligence?

Jeff Hawkins and his team discovered that the brain uses maplike structures to build a model of the world—not just one model, but hundreds of thousands of models of everything we know. This discovery allows Hawkins to answer important questions about how we perceive the world, why we have a sense of self, and the origin of high-level thought.

A Thousand Brains heralds a revolution in the understanding of intelligence. It is a big-think book, in every sense of the word. 

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ISBN-13: 9781541675810
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 47,652
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeff Hawkins is the cofounder of Numenta, a neuroscience research company; founder of the Redwood Neuroscience Institute; and one of the founders of the field of handheld computing. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and author of On Intelligence.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Dawkins vii

Part 1 A New Understanding of the Brain 1

1 Old Brain-New Brain 11

2 Vernon Mountcastle's Big Idea 21

3 A Model of the World in Your Head 29

4 The Brain Reveals Its Secrets 39

5 Maps in the Brain 57

6 Concepts, Language, and High-Level Thinking 69

7 The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence 91

Part 2 Machine Intelligence 113

8 Why There Is No "I" in AI 119

9 When Machines Are Conscious 135

10 The Future of Machine Intelligence 145

11 The Existential Risks of Machine Intelligence 161

Part 3 Human Intelligence 171

12 False Beliefs 173

13 The Existential Risks of Human Intelligence 185

14 Merging Brains and Machines 199

15 Estate Planning for Humanity 209

16 Genes Versus Knowledge 223

Final Thoughts 241

Suggested Readings 247

Acknowledgments 255

Illustration Credits 259

Index 261

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