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MIT Media Labs director Nicholas Negroponte [at left] chatting with the event's second speaker -- Palm Computing and later Handspring founder Jeff Hawkins -- just before Negroponte took the stage to talk about his $100 laptop project. Hawkins' new venture is called Numenta. According to Numenta's home page, "Numenta is developing a new type of computer memory system modeled after the human neocortex. The applications of this technology are broad and can be applied to solve problems in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning. The Numenta technology, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM), is based on a theory of the neocortex described in Jeff Hawkins' book entitled On Intelligence (with co-author Sandra Blakeslee)."