Message from Numenta CEO Donna Dubinsky regarding Matt Taylor

Unbelievable.

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With Matt’s family’s permission, I think it would be appropriate to save his works - his videos on Youtube, his Tweets and his Twitch streams.

Other than doing this manually, perhaps we the HTM community can coordinate on such an effort.

And even though my interactions with Matt were sparse, his memory lives on and I miss him very much.

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The most timely one is Twitch as they tend to delete content after a while.

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Great idea, and Matt’s wife actually said on twitter that they would appreciate help from the community with this.

I did this over the weekend. Currently have them sitting in S3 but it would be good to find somewhere permanent to index all this content. YouTube don’t seem to delete old videos but difficult to assume that policy will never change.

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My condolences to his family and friends, this is heartbreaking for someone so kind, generous and helpful to be lost so suddenly and early. He was an amazingly smart person that had the gift of a dedicated teacher, able to break complex ideas down into something everyone can understand, and with an appreciable dose of humour. Forever calm, kind and patient when helping or working with people, he set an example for us all.

Without his help, code and learning materials, I (and many others) would never have found utility in the tools and theories surrounding HTM. The code he wrote, shared and explained has aided many in creating useful solutions to all sorts of problems including my own PhD work. This is a humbling reminder that we should always express our gratitude for the things people do while they are still around to appreciate it.

While he is tragically gone, may his positive spirit live on in his family, friends, and the code/videos/music/writings he produced.

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Just saw this. What a great loss for community. Matt was perfect here…

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I’m devastated to hear this news, Matt brought me to Numenta with his wonderful YouTube series and was always a very kind and encouraging person on these forums. He will be greatly missed.

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He was such a welcoming community leader. I think he put a big smile on a bunch of people’s faces.

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As a university based professor I must say that we are also devastated by Matt’s passing. He had that unique skill of connecting people across all paths of life.

My message has a second objective: we are organizing a big academic conference next week and are planning to have an hour of memories of Matt on May 27 at 4pm EST (7pm pacific). We were hoping to link to the community here. So please contact me (koerding@gmail.com) if you may be able to share your memories for a few minutes.

best,
Konrad Kording

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I am new to HTM as of a few months ago. I recently watched Matt’s HTM school series and have been browsing this forum for insights as I develop my own implementation of HTM. I also recently listened to a couple episodes of the Numenta podcast for the first time. In the little I got to see of Matt’s work, his passion and caring shined through in everything. I obviously never met Matt, but I felt like I was just starting to get to know him. I’m shocked and incredibly saddened to hear of his passing. I just created this account so that I could express my deepest condolences to his family, friends, loved ones and everyone who was touched by his life.

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I’ve extracted all of Matt’s twitch streams into files, they are available here for download: https://rhyolight-twitch-archive.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/index.html

The total size is 114GB as they are high definition. You can either download the full_twitch_archive.zip file in one go, or if you have issues downloading it I’ve also uploaded them in individual months.

I don’t have any plans to delete them in the short term, and I’ll definitely wait until Matt’s family have had a chance to download copies. After a while I may move them to a cheaper storage tier like glacier.

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R.I.P.
As a new HTM learner, I’m so shock that such a excellent person passed away. I consider him as my torchbearer to HTM

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I’m so sorry about this. I am really shocked about this.

He and his work and effort at Numenta was the reason why I startet with HTM.

My deep condolences to his family and Numenta.

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Wow, this is extremely sad… I’ve interacted with Matt through this forum and on the old mailing list for many years. He did a lot to spread HTM knowledge. Such a great guy. I will miss him.

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This is very sad news for me. It really leaves me stunned and deeply saddened, for his loss and his beautiful family. My heart felt condolences go out to them. I never met Matt in person, though I was ready to go great distances to meet him some day. We interacted numerous times over his platforms and he inspired me to follow every development at Numenta and at the HTM community for the past 8 years. He also made it possible to know the key players in the community, to a degree I feel I know many better than some co-workers. And Matt, not only inspired, he contributed and developed and communicated, with such skill and enthusiasm, that I had to wonder how he could pull so much off? For me, Matt filled a very special space in my intellectual life. The part I would look forward to on certain evenings after work. The content he created and made available perfectly matched my interest since the 1980s and was a sort of treat for myself, after completing hard days of work on more classical corporate IT projects, decade behind the mindset he promoted. I will very sincerely miss Matt. RIP and thank you for your very positive impact on our most ambitious of journeys! Hope we will be able to continue this path with your spirit. Joe Perez (writting from Germany)

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I feel just like you. Its unimaginable.

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How true! Every word! Thank you for sharing these thoughts. We will miss him.

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I’m not too active a member of this forum but I’ve been following this awesome theory for years. I noticed recently that Numenta got an energetic boost, and Matt’s smiling face was behind it. It is amazing how much of a humanizing effect a simple, natural smile has. His heart, excitement, creativity and enthusiasm shone through in the media he helped to produce. Above all, he showed that this stuff is fun. I was shocked when I came back to check on updates on the Thousand Brain Theory today and to read that he was gone, just like that. I hope you guys can honor Matthew and his work by continuing it in the same direction. I work in open source and the commons and kudos to Matthew and everyone for adopting the open source ethos. The pandemic has taught us how precious and fragile our human life is. Each one of us is defined by the unique interactions our brains have with the environment. Scientific theories are impersonal, but they are developed by humans, who aren’t. The thousand brains that over a lifetime of environmental interactions produced the unique brain of Matthew, also creates the magic that allows our high level consciousness that allows us to feel sad that he has left. Return to the wonder of nature that produced you, Matthew, as we all will one day. In gratitude for your life.

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This is beyond sad. I learned a lot about HTM from Matt’s HTM School. He delivered the otherwise difficult subject with wit and charm, and made it quite enjoyable.

I just heard of Matt’s passing from a gentleman on Quora that I was promoting the HTM School to. He told me Matt had passed. So very sad.

Will there be anyone to fill his shoes? Can anyone fill his shoes! To say that he will be sorely missed is an understatement of epic proportions.

I wish Matt’s family well though this difficult time.

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I never met Matt personally, but he was really somebody to me.
I feel very sad. Live is so short. Rest in peace Matt.
Condolences to the family.

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