David W. Borden dborden at
Tue Apr 4 07:31:10 CDT 2006

Andre and y'all Amraders,

I have  been reading this great book called "On Intelligence" by Jeff  
Hawkins.  Jeff is the one who founded Palm Computing and then
Handspring and is most famous for the Palm Pilot "Graffiti" method of  
getting stuff into your hand held computer.  The book tells of Jeff's
idea of how we think using the neocortex.  The neocortex is about 2mm  
thick, the size of a large dinner napkin and has six layers containing
billions and billions (no one can really count them) of neurons and  
trillions of connections.  Jeff is not interesting in building  
brains, he
wants to build smart computers.  The human mind is so fascinating.   
We do not really know how it works.  Jeff presents a cool idea of
how he thinks it works, but mankind has trouble thinking about how  
man thinks.  Women, of course, think differently (different  

We arrive slowly at identification of a face in about 100 steps.  In  
that time this Powerbook can do lots of compute cycles, but not  
recognize a face as well.   Here are his basic four ideas:

The neocortex stores sequences of patterns.
The neocortex recalls patters auto-associatively.
The neocortex stores patterns in an invariant form.
The neocortex stores patterns in a hierarchy.

So all thinking is pattern matching.  Anyway, get a copy of the book  
and pass it around Amrad, it makes great Saturday taco  
talk.....david, k8mmo

On Apr 3, 2006, at 4:10 PM, Andre Kesteloot wrote:

> Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was  
> rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a  
> rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr  
> the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the  
> frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a  
> taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is  
> bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but  
> the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot  
> slpeling was ipmorantt!
> if you can raed tihs psas it on !!
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