Biologically constrained theorizing. Yes!

Fantastic validation - I would say - of Numenta’s overall approach and perspective.

“We highlight recent advances in developing bio­logically grounded cognitive theories and in mechanistically explaining, on the basis of these brain ­constrained neural models, hitherto unaddressed issues regarding the nature, localization and ontogenetic and phylogenetic develop­ment of higher brain functions.”

Authors: Friedemann Pulvermüller , Rosario Tomasello ,Malte R. Henningsen-Schomers and Thomas Wennekers

Though oddly I do not see any references to Numenta publications. But the tide might finally be turning.

I only looked at the abstract but it seems to reduce the history of the field. The approach was well established by the 60’s in Cognitive neuroscience - Wikipedia with people like Grossberg. But the first use of biologically inspired neural network modelling I’m aware of is Rashevsky in 1929. There is an entire parallel track of artificial neural network research that did not buy into the PDP version of ANN and that work continues is frameworks like Leabra, ART, and TBT.

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