Carey casts a sweeping, if perhaps idealistic, vision of higher education in the future. First and foremost, it is one that is much cheaper and much more widely available to all around the world who have internet connections. It is also highly collaborative and personalized education.
A good way to think of it, according to Carey, is like Andrew Carnegie building lots of libraries around 100 years ago. These took advantage of the best technology available at the time—the printed book. They also encouraged communities to build around what he began as a philanthropist, which also led to libraries becoming in some senses community centers.
Large brick and mortar universities developed similarly over a similar historical time frame. Carey would like to see things updated for the modern age, and he would also argue that this process is already underway whether we realize it or not.
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