Hey guys, I’m new to HTM, great work Numenta and company!
It is now past halfway 2018 and subjectively HTM is still not mainstream, how to measure mainstream’ness? No one knows really, how about hype? Easy peasy.
Anyways, I believe that the main accelerators either a person or a group of people of a particular application/theory are those who have the genuine interest in the theory’s origins. By this I mean, simply put, those who are interested and fascinated with how the brain works (biologically, computationally) will have the inherent potential to accelerate the HTM theory/application. This doesn’t mean those who does not have this interest will not have a potential as they may ride the wave later when the theory gains speed. Come to think of this, would you expect most of the hands-on developers (engineers, developers) to have a substantial interest in the human brain? I believe no. So the number of accelerators for the HTM theory, in general, are and will be not as limitless as the number of accelerators in Deep Learning. Deep Learning (ANN) is friendly to Statisticians, Software Developers, Mathematicians, even Managers, and Data *. Even if HTM is friendly to the same groups of people, would you expect them to stay happy reading about the neocortex? To become mainstream, there must be a significant amount of genuine accelerators. Just my opinion.
For me as a part-time brain enthusiast (thought experiments only because I’m not a Neuroscientist) with a humble background in theoretical computer science and spent my most of my time building dumb software in the industry, I see HTM as one of the great and ambitious brain theories of all time, its not just about AI or ML.