Saturday, October 22, 2016

Here's the best case that software is about to disrupt education - Timothy B. Lee, Vox

Marc Andreessen: Udacity is growing very fast and doing very well, and has locked in on this concept of nanodegrees.... The big new course they have teaches how to design and code and build a self-driving car. Think about that. In 2005, a self-driving car was a DARPA grand challenge. In 2010 it was 1,500 people at Google doing this dark science thing that nobody understood from the outside. Now you can literally sign up on Udacity and take an online course to learn how to build a self-driving car and go work for Google or Uber or Tesla or any of these other companies. I think it's pretty significant, number one that that's happening, in terms of how fast it’s happening. But it’s also significant that it’s happening on Udacity and not at Harvard, or for that matter your local community college. Udacity is a software company. It has software-scale economics. As they refine their model, their ability to scale is present in the model. They're not there yet, but they are scaling quite quickly now.

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