DLD Conference BREAKING: Sebastian Thrun launches Udacity.com

Connotea Imports 2012-07-31


[“DLD (Digital - Life - Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital media,  science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration.”] “Sebastian Thrun gave one of the DLD12’s most inspiring speeches today, presenting his newest initiative in free online education... Sebastian Thrun has long been recognized for his genius work with Google’s driverless cars. However, during today’s speech, the Stanford professor and computer science expert had an entirely different agenda. Thrun engaged his audience with the heartwarming story about how an initial idea of offering his renowned Stanford classes for free to students online evolved into an education project touching hundreds of thousands of students across the world. ‘I hoped for 500 students. We got 160,000,’ Thrun said. The classes were soon translated into 44 languages and reached individuals he had never dared to imagine possible. An Afghan student wrote him an email describing how he risked his life to reach a hotspot, just to follow and complete the classes. “With this class I was able to touch lives,” Thun said. At the same time, he achieved what regular classroom teaching cannot - creating a sense of connectivity with each student despite the large numbers of eager followers... Thrun unveiled his Udacity.com project, tailored to power the global knowledge revolution.  The site will combine the quality teachings of one of the world’s sharpest minds in computer science and artificial intelligence with the reach that the Internet provides.  It will begin with a seven-week course on how to build a search engine, with a dedicated goal of attracting 500,000 students...”




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Date tagged:

07/31/2012, 11:49

Date published:

03/05/2012, 12:09