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08 Apr 04:00

IBM Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer’s Controversial Brain Algorithms

IBM is testing a contentious idea for making computers more intelligent by trying to copy mechanisms from the human brain.

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the human brain, and provide a blueprint for a powerful new kind of artificial intelligence software. But Hawkins’s company, Numenta, has made little impact on the tech industry, even as machine learning has become central to companies such as Google.