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Digital Connectivism Tenet 4: We Do Not Differentiate Between People and Things

Published: 01 November 2016

ID: G00314841

Analyst(s): Frank Buytendijk


People are most commonly described as "users" or "developers" of technology. Because of autonomous technologies, machine learning and emerging business moments, however, these terms have become irrelevant. As digital citizens, we now "interact" with and "orchestrate" technology.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Tenet 4: We Do Not Differentiate Between People and Things
    • Reconciling Digital Machinism and Digital Humanism
    • Deconstructing the Term "User"
    • Deconstructing the Term "Designer"
    • Redefining Interaction Styles
  • Practical Implications

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