The Biological Path Towards Strong AI with Matthew Taylor

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This week, we’ll be featuring a series of shows recorded from Strange Loop, a great developer-focused conference that takes place every year right in my backyard! The conference is a multi-disciplinary melting pot of developers and thinkers across a variety of fields, and we’re happy to be able to bring a bit of it to those of you who couldn’t make it in person! In this episode, I speak with Matthew Taylor, Open Source Manager at Numenta. You might remember hearing a bit about Numenta from an interview I did with Francisco Weber of, for TWIML Talk #10, a show which remains the most popular show on the podcast.

Numenta is basically trying to reverse-engineer the neocortex, and use what they learn to develop a neocortical theory for biological and machine intelligence called Hierarchical Temporal Memory. Matt joined me at the conference to discuss his talk “The Biological Path Towards Strong AI”. In our conversation, we discuss the basics of HTM, it’s biological inspiration, and how it differs from traditional neural network models including deep learning. This is a Nerd Alert show, and after you listen I would encourage you to check out the conversation with Francisco which we’ll link to in the show notes.

Thanks to our Sponsor

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TWIML Online Meetup

The details of our next TWIML Online Meetup have been posted! On Wednesday, December 13th, at 3pm Pacific Time, we will be joined by Bruno Gonçalves, who will be presenting the paper “Understanding Deep Learning Requires Rethinking Generalization”. If you’re already registered for the meetup, you should have already received an invitation with all the details. If you still need to register for the meetup, head over to to do so. We hope to see you there!

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