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Understanding the brain is the key to true AI: neuroscientist and tech entrepreneur Jeff Hawkins

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Early efforts in artificial intelligence emerged from how humans seemed to think. Today’s deep neural networks are inspired by the way neurons fire in the brain. But how alike are artificial and biological intelligence? Hawkins isn’t the first Valley entrepreneur to think he has the answers — and everyone won’t agree with his conclusions. But his ideas could shake up AI.

By Will HeavenThe search for AI has always been about trying to build machines that think—at least in some sense. But the question of how alike artificial and biological intelligence should be has divided opinion for decades. Early efforts to build AI involved decision-making processes and information storage systems that were loosely inspired by the way humans seemed to think. And today’s deep neural networks are loosely inspired by the way

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