Information (Sensemaking) Tools Are Pathetic

George Siemens, elearnspace, Mar 05, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with George Siemens here, and I think I have a handle on why the 'sensemaking' tools are, as he says, pathetic, but it's a bit of a difficult thing to pin down with words. Sensemaking is, or me, pattern recognition. But patterns - beyond the obvious (repetition of word forms, etc) are difficult to recognize, at least mechanically. So why not just have computers do what humans do? Ah - but what do humans do? Therein lies the basic difficulty.
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