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Episode 413 Scott Adams: (Part 2) Talking to @Naval Ravikant About All the Important Stuff

PART 2 Topics:

  • Is Universal Basic Income and Socialism the future?
  • What form will future educational systems have?
  • What are life’s biggest illusions?
  • Thoughts on The Simulation
  • Old problems were about scarcity, now they’re about abundance
  • Book author recommendations

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Episode 389 Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Topics: 

  • Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
    • A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
    • Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
  • VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

Free College (online)

    At the moment, the in-person college experience is superior to taking classes online. Today, online teaching is mostly simple videos of people talking and pointing at things. But that advantage of in-person college over online classes won’t last forever. The in-person experience will stay largely as it is, but online lessons will evolve indefinitely toward better techniques, more content, and more scientifically-proven methods. Best practices will propagate quickly online.

    Only three things are missing to make this vision of universal free online college a reality:

    1. You need an open online platform on which anyone can post a lesson plan, and anyone else can use it or improve it.

    2. You need a law that says copyrights are suspended for the online education platform (only), so anyone can copy and improve the work that came before.

    3. You need some form of accreditation.

    The government can take care of the copyright and accreditation issues if it chooses to do so. And my startup accidentally built an online education platform that you can use today. We didn’t build it for that purpose, but it does the job. People are already creating and sharing class lessons on it.

    We don’t yet have a feature for voting on the best class lessons, but that’s coming at some point.

    Some of my regular readers know that in 2012 I blogged about trying to “sell an idea” that would change the world. This was the idea. We didn’t build our startup to do this function. It happened by accident when we built a platform that can do literally thousands of things that involve creating and sharing content in a time-ordered way. Creating class lessons just happened to be one of the things it does. I didn’t even realize it until it was up and running.

    Whenhub might not become the ultimate online education platform. But it does a good job of showing the potential. I mocked up an example Whencast below to show how easy it is to create a lesson plan and share it. Just go to Whenhub.com, sign up for free, clone this template, and add your own content.

    Notice that I used artificial dates just to keep the lessons in order. And I added to the first lesson a photo, video, text, and a link, just as examples. 

    If the country wants free college for everyone, this is the disruptive path it will probably have to take. In ten years, I can’t imagine a scenario in which physical colleges are still competitive with online options, on price or performance.

    A physical college is largely limited to using the professors it has. But an online system such as Whenhub can improve forever. It isn’t even a fair contest in the long run.