Would anyone be so kind as to contribute some pre-Numenta references so that before getting into the papers, one may have a ground-up readiness for them? I know very little about neuroscience but I taught myself computer science and engineering so, why not?
Hi Tom. Welcome to the forum.
Honestly, I think if you start with one of Jeff’s video presentations, you’ll have all the introduction you need. This one is not the most recent but I think it gives a broad overview:
If you want to delve into the biological side of the subject, I recommend the Khan Academy series:
Happy quest. :-).
As far as “traditional” neural networks, this two volume set is good:
Explorations in parallel distributed processing
Often found as used books for reasonable prices.
I got some good advice in this thread: Advice on further study
I recently came across “Cortical Columns and Planning Models” (Schmansky 2004, 10 pages). The first half of this, sections I-IV, seem to me a good summary of the cortical column/minicolumn/layer/connections structures relevant to HTM.