What Intelligent Machines Need to Learn From the Neocortex

Machines won’t become intelligent unless they incorporate certain features of the human brain. Here are three of them

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2. The Mechanics of the Mind

Computers have transformed work and play, transportation and medicine, entertainment and sports. Yet for all their power, these machines still cannot perform simple tasks that a child can do, such as navigating an unknown room or using a pencil.

The solution is finally coming within reach. It will emerge from the intersection of two major pursuits: the reverse engineering of the brain and the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence. Over the next 20 years, these two pursuits will combine to usher in a new epoch of intelligent machines.

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