Why we love “how-to” videos

Tom Vanderbilt with a piece in Nautilus on the reasons why we love the more than 135 million how-to videos available online.

Vanderbilt suggests that this is because humans learn by seeing others engage in tasks, and map these behaviors out before we try them out ourselves. Vanderbilt then shares some insight from researchers in artificial intelligence and robotics to indicate that robots may also value how-to videos to learn as well.

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Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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