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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)."
MIT Media Labs director Nicholas Negroponte presenting his $100 laptop project to attendees at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies Conference. By 2007, the project -- known as OLPC or One Laptop Per Child -- plans to equip the world's children with rugged self-powered notebooks at a rate of 150 million per year (three times the world's current notebook production rate).
The masters of ceremonies for MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies Conference. Pictured is MIT Technology Review editor Robert Buderi [left] and editor-in-chief/publisher Jason Pontin moments before they took the stage to introduce Nicholas Negroponte.