Since the advent of writing –the first intellectual technology with which humanity has provided itself – people have discussed the impact of technologies on the development of the faculty that most distinguishes ourselves as a species: Learning. A renewed interest of these discourses has grown up as a consequence of the integration of digital technologies in educational contexts.

Skinner’s Teaching Machines has led more than one to believe that the teaching/learning process could reach new goals if conducted by automatic devices according to programmed patterns. For seventy years this belief has been discredited. However current developments in Artificial Intelligence have brought this issue back to the forefront: are the current Machine Learning, able to replace the human being by transforming the learning process? What are the potentials of the new Machine Learning?

The Conference aims to discuss these issues, supporting face to face and online debates among scholars and practitioners from different perspectives. On one hand, there are people who underline a specific and irreplaceable role of the human relationship in this area. On the other hand, people who highlight the unprecedented possibilities offered by Artificial Intelligence inside the process of constructing and sharing knowledge.

A critical analysis of these positions will be the main focus of the conference. In this light, the aim is to support increasing awareness that digital technologies – more or less intelligent – pervade our lives and play an ongoing and important role in educational contexts. Therefore, the debate intends to promote a comparison among different perspectives and experiences based on new technological implementation in formal and informal learning contexts.