Hi Timothy, thanks for your comment. I don’t think about what I am writing as truth in stone, so I am grateful you took time to give me your opinion on that and to share your expertise.
I agree, a biological approach to AI is nowadays essential, and I am actually a big fan of what Numenta is doing. I also think though that trying to fully mimic the human brain is neither feasible nor ideal, but we should probably drawing inspiration from it to foster the development of an artificial sentient structure.
The real problem I guess is finding a compromise between the biological approach (which is intrinsically long-term because the cortical theory as we know it does not explain everything we need, but also potentially more correct) and a mathematical approach, which is shorter-term and can progressively introduce forms of AI in our lives although problematic (it is energy demanding, more opaque, etc.).
I am saying to find a compromise because I believe that AI as such cannot be a top-down technology, but rather it needs an initial stage of constant integration and communication with human beings.
Anyway, I’d be definitely interested in knowing more about your point of view on bio-AI, as well as if you know about companies and people other than Numenta following this path, or if you are tracking down recent developments in the space.
I have written another post on neuroscience and how this affects the study of AI, and from my past research those guys are one of the fews actively working with bio-AI, but you might know more.