The Role of Technology in Revolutionizing Education
¢ The great promise for the revolution in education is in primary and secondary school levels in the developing world. A place like Thailand cannot wait the 75
The second place is in the business firms. How do you train people in Otis Elevator Company to be able to fix all makes of elevators all over the world? Give them a laptop. Then mechanics can have on-location assistance if they have to repair an elevator that is 100 years old. In business, most on-the-job training will be done in a virtual classroom.
In universities, it is more complex. If you would like to provide for student creativity, then there will be the need for "rubbing elbows." Distance learning cannot completely substitute for those relationships. At MIT, we run a master's program in systems design and management. At the beginning, it was completely done
The Promise of Technology to Serve the Greater Public Good and Change Needed in Light of the September 11 Terrorist Attack
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But if we forget, we might not take the right lessons. My forecast is that people will forget and go back to normal life. This is the most probable outcome of everything, and it is silly. But we live in a world where "the show must go on."
The main lesson is that you cannot win the war against violence if you don't try to win the war against poverty. Our enemy is not Islam. Our enemy is poverty. No one can win that war alone.
I am involved in a large project to use the new technologies to speed up the process of the poor to create their own jobs. We have created an NGO based in Paris, that uses an Internet platform to assist in the development of micro-finance institutions, which are banks helping the very poor to finance their own businesses and create jobs. This is climatefinance.org.
What the net can do is plug in the very poor to access finance, training, and institutions so they can participate in the world economy.