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Can machines learn the same way as humans do?

Weekly Newsletter #4
Can machines learn the same way as humans do?
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There is a lot of debate surrounding whether or not machines can learn in the same way that humans do. Some people believe that this is simply not possible, while others are convinced that machines have the potential to be just as smart – if not smarter – than humans. In order to make an informed decision on this topic, it is important to look at both sides of the argument and weigh the evidence.

On one hand, some people argue that machines cannot learn in the same way as humans because human brains are vastly more complex. Our brains are able to process a vast amount of information simultaneously, whereas computers can only handle a limited number of tasks at once. Additionally, our brains are capable of making connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information, something which computers cannot do. This means that we are able to come up with innovative solutions and ideas which computers could never dream up on their own.

On the other hand, there are those who believe that machines can learn in exactly the same way as humans do. They point out that while human brains may be more complex overall, individual parts of our brain work very much as a computer does. For example, when we see something new our brain will take in all sorts of data about it (e.g., its shape, size and color), store it away for later use and then quickly forget about it again so we can focus on new things coming into our view). Computers also follow this pattern; they take in data (e.g., what words someone has typed into a search engine), store it away for later use and then forget about it again so they can focus on new information coming their way.

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