Intelligence - what is it?
HTM is work on an important aspect of the brain.
If I understand what Numenta has been saying the goal is not to make an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) but to work out the mechanism of the cortex with the understanding that this will provide a powerful tool to understand how the brain works.
Many of us on this forum are working on making the AGI and intelligent machines in general.
I think that Intelligence is one of those slippery concepts that means whatever the person using it wants it to mean. It is hard to define and attempts to provide a definition usually end up falling short of being useful.
One method of definition is a laundry list of properties that will be present in an intelligence. Once you ask about how much of these properties are necessary to be intelligent these lists start to fall apart.
Is an ant intelligent? An ant colony? A lizard? A dog? A pack of dogs? A monkey? A tree?
Is Charles Murray’s intelligence g factor a real measurable thing?
Are there degrees of intelligence? A basket of properties that vary and depending on the strength, different flavors of intelligence?
Does talking and listening make a machine intelligent?
Is a chess program intelligent? My Alexa smart speaker? My Tesla car? Google? Wiki?
Let the games begin!