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Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web

“Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Gates said at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA today. “It will be better than any single university,” he continued.

He believes that no matter how you came about your knowledge, you should get credit for it. Whether it’s an MIT degree or if you got everything you know from lectures on the web, there needs to be a way to highlight that.

He made sure to say that educational institutions are still vital for children, K-12. He spoke glowingly about charter schools, where kids can spend up to 80% of their time deeply engaged with learning.

But college needs to be less “place-based,” according to Gates. Well, except for the parties, he joked. [Más…]

But his overall point is that it’s just too expensive and too hard to get these upper-level educations. And soon place-based college educations will be five times less important than they are today.

One particular problem with the education system according to Gates is text books. Even in grade schools, they can be 300 pages for a book about math. “They’re giant, intimidating books,” he said. “I look at them and think: what on Earth is in there?“

According to Gates, our text books are three times longer than the equivalents in Asia. And yet they’re beating us in many ways with education. The problem is that these things are built by committee, and more things are simply added on top of what’s already in there.


Bill Gates thinks something is going to die too.

No, it’s not physical books like Nicholas Negroponte — instead, Gates thinks the idea of young adults having to go to universities in order to get an education is going to go away relatively soon. Well, provided they’re self-motivated learners.

Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Gates said at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA today. “It will be better than any single university,” he continued.

He believes that no matter how you came about your knowledge, you should get credit for it. Whether it’s an MIT degree or if you got everything you know from lectures on the web, there needs to be a way to highlight that.

He made sure to say that educational institutions are still vital for children, K-12. He spoke glowingly about charter schools, where kids can spend up to 80% of their time deeply engaged with learning.

But college needs to be less “place-based,” according to Gates. Well, except for the parties, he joked. Leer más “Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web”

Ford y Microsoft tratan de averiguar cuántos caben en un Ka


En 2009, Microsoft se interesó por las predilecciones de los miembros de la comunidad Windows Live Messenger a la hora de adquirir un coche. Entre las conclusiones extraídas del sondeo, la compañía de Gates se quedó con dos: por un lado, que la personalización y la tecnología incorporada en el vehículo son dos características básicas a la hora de decidirse por un modelo u otro, y por otro, la elección del Ford Ka como su coche favorito de entre los de pequeño tamaño.


Sólo unos meses después, Ford y Microsoft presentan el nuevo Ford Ka Messenger, “el coche de tu comunidad”, una edición limitada y exclusiva de 500 unidades que incorpora el nuevo Windows Phone HTC Touch 2 con navegador GPS integrado y Messenger. El lanzamiento del vehículo viene precedido por la campaña ‘Cuantoscabenenunka’.
A finales de febrero, Ford y Microsoft lanzaban el site www.cuantoskabenenunka.com con el objetivo de que los internautas invitaran al mayor número de amigos posibles para meterlos, de forma virtual eso sí, en la nueva edición limitada y exclusiva del Ford Ka Windows Live Messenger. Leer más “Ford y Microsoft tratan de averiguar cuántos caben en un Ka”