The keynote was started with an intro by the conference organizers reminding us all that not having a license on our code is a bug not a feature! So go to http://choosealicense.com and pick the right license for your code and make sure you add it to your github account.
Our first speaker was Jeff Hawkins from Numenta Inc.
Jeff talked to us about the human brain – the most interesting thing in the universe (according to him). He set out on a career to discover the operating principles of the neocortex (it’s just a bunch of cells – how hard could it be? – where have I heard that before?) and build systems based on those principles. The result of this was the Cortical Learning Algorithm (CLA) and NuPIC (Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing).
Jeff started by explaining out the neocortex works … while it was interesting to listen to … I have no idea how to explain what I just learned to you all 🙂 Jeff even said to us all “This stuff is hard!” so I don’t feel so bad.
CLA is the key building block for machine intelligence. NuPIC is the open source repository for CLA and it’s a community for machine intelligence based on cortical principles.