Interesting observation about primate learning

If you try to impose a rigid discipline while teaching a child or a chimp, you are working against the boundless curiosity and need for relaxed play that make learning possible in the first place… learning cannot be controlled; it is out of control by design. Learning emerges spontaneously, it proceeds in an individualistic and unpredictable way, and it achieves its goal in its own good time. Once triggered, learning will not stop – unless it is hijacked by conditioning.

– Roger Fouts

Most AI researchers have been told this at some point or the other, but we often forget…

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