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Cortical Columns: Building Blocks for Intelligent Systems

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Executive Summary

The neocortex appears to be a very efficient, uniformly structured, and hierarchical computational system. Researchers have made significant efforts to model intelligent systems that mimic these neocortical properties to perform a broad variety of pattern recognition and learning tasks. Unfortunately, many of these systems have drifted away from their cortical origins and incorporate or rely on attributes and algorithms that are not biologically plausible. In contrast, this paper describes a model for an intelligent system that is motivated by the properties of cortical columns, which can be viewed as the basic functional unit of the neocortex.

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