Knowledge Machine

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Knowledge Machine was a term used by Seymour Papert of MIT to mean a synthesis of the new hypermedia into an educational device that provides students with limitless options for knowledge access and free learning.

In 1993, Papert predicted the arrival of YouTube and other web media:

There is no technical obstacle to creating a Knowledge Machine that would allow a girl of four to navigate through a virtual knowledge space where she could see for herself how giraffes live. It will take time for the vast quantities of information available in print to be recast for such a machine. But it will happen

In Economics of Learning (1995), the term knowledge machine was used as a conceptual label for ideas underlying the hypermedia vision of SuperMemo for Windows:

I wrote in 1995 in Economics of learning:

Primitive harbingers of the Knowledge Machine have already arrived in the form of the World Wide Web, multimedia CD-ROM knowledge systems, interactive television, and other components that will ultimately bring us all to the same focal point

Incremental learning has evolved from those original seed ideas:

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This glossary entry is used to explain SuperMemo, a pioneer of spaced repetition software since 1987