Coaxing computers to perorm basic acts of perception and robotics, let alone high-level thought, has been difficult. No existing computer can recognize pictures, understand language, or navigate through a cluttered room with anywhere near a child's facility. Following nature's example, Jeff Hawkins has developed an understanding of how the neocortex performs these and other tasks.
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