“Learning resides in non-human appliance”

Posted: February 28, 2012 in connectivism, Learning
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Computers of Google translate, for example,  can learn. These computers use patterns that they find in large amounts of text (pattern in the chaos). They find patterns, store these patterns in memory and use them in translation. I think, we have here all the elements of learning.


  1. Joanne says:

    Thanks Joseph, I was wondering about this: how “non human appliances could learn”. You give a great explanation. I still feel like something is missing, but I cannot find the right words or describe it properly, but it is regarding our humanity. I just “feels” wrong somehow that technology can truly “learn” without being human (or animal), but I don’t have a solid reason. Thanks for the great example.

    • Thanks Joana for raising such a good question. I think the reason of feeling wrong is that “technology” is an alien for us. We feel that “technology” is an alien for us because it doesn’t feel like us, can’t be ambiguous or humorous and also just because it is alien.
      alien technology

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