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Matt’s Current Projects
Interview with a Neuroscientist
I started a new YouTube series where I interview neuroscientists! The first was David Eagleman. I have already recorded two more interviews with Michael Berry and Eric Jonas, which will be published over the next month.
These videos were (and still are) a lot of work to plan and produce. The point is to engage a more general YouTube audience looking for neuroscience education videos, and pull them into the world of HTM. I hope to get more subscribers and grow our YouTube community with this outreach. It is also great to have these scientists validating the approach of Numenta and HTM just by speaking with me on related topics.
Layers and Columns Visualization and Demo
With the help of @lscheinkman (who is doing most of the coding), I’m putting together a demonstration of what is possible when using the cortical circuit architecture defined in our Layers and Columns paper. This demo runs NuPIC and sensorimotor research code in the Unity framework, where a simulated hand will grasp several different objects. Each fingertip is covered in sensors and will provide proximal feedforward input to one cortical column. With 5 columns (one for each finger), I am trying to show the convergence in the columns toward a learned object as touch sensations are processed. I also want to show objects being learned over time by visualizing the output layers converging on common representations for the object.
As part of this, I’ll be illustrating some aspects of neuronal receptivity zones (apical, basal, proximal) as well as emphasizing the idea of receptivity zones in layers as well. I especially want to try to communicate the modular nature of these cortical circuits and the potential for novel exploration of this space.
Upcoming Presentations and Meetups
I’m talking at Strange Loop on Sept 28 and OSDC West in SF on Nov 3 (see https://numenta.com/events/ for details). I’m in the process of updating this presentation to include “Layers and Columns” in addition to the sequence memory explanations I have been giving. I am hoping as the LAC visualizations I defined above are created, I’ll be able to revamp this presentation so that “Layers and Columns” takes a center stage.
Planning out upcoming YouTube videos
In order to gain a respectable YouTube following, you must have a consistent video release schedule. As of last week, I am publishing a new video on the HTM School YouTube channel every other Friday. Here is my tentative schedule:
Sept 22: Michael Berry Interview
Oct 6: HTM Hackers’ Hangout
Oct 20: Eric Jonas Interview
Nov 3: Live Meetup (maybe?)
Nov 17: HTM School Layers and Columns