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Comment: There is a book: Talent is Overrated (Score 1) 529

by Ghiora (#46506123) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
I recommend it. No I do not think that 20 years of hard work will make me into a new Beethoven. However hard work and very good training are what is needed to produce success. Here is an example of how it works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... her father as an experiment got her and her sister to the chess world. Nearly every sports super star you read about works much harder then his peers. Ditto for most people who succeed in research and hi tech. We should be promoting hard work and stop deluding our selves that we can pick winners because they where a little better in the beginning, which is what I think talent is.

Comment: Re:Like Music, News and other dinosaurs. (Score 1) 148

by Ghiora (#36988676) Attached to: Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online
You will meet lots of people from many countries on line when taking on-line courses; if the courses are set up right. I am not for abandoning universities I am for making them adjust. Unfortunately like all normal organizations they are clinging to the money they made the old way..

Comment: Like Music, News and other dinosaurs. (Score 3, Interesting) 148

by Ghiora (#36988350) Attached to: Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online
It is about time the universities go the way of the book, music, news, encyclopedia and information industries in which the Internet has brought down prices significantly. There is no justification to the huge amounts of money the universities charge for the education they provide and for the learning materials. This course is a live demonstration of how it can be done for pennies. The only thing that should cost more then a few dollars is final testing of a course which can be done for about $50.00 per course. Beyond that if remote testing is used it will be very hard for any one to get a whole degree by cheating on the total amount of courses needed to graduate. A few random tests on key subjects where you have to be present physically are more then enough to put an end to any shenanigans. The only reason it has not happened yet is psychological, people (those who study and those who hire) being conservative by nature want a degree from "a well known establishment". (Yes some courses need labs and cadavers but they are a small minority)

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