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With Udacity, Sebastian Thrun wants to unleash the "true power of education."...

Last fall, Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun took the democratization of education to the next level, offering a virtual version of their Stanford class Intro to Artificial Intelligence for free. The experiment was a resounding success, enrolling an astounding 160,000 students and spurring Stanfordto offer an additional seven computer-science classes for free online.Now Thrun (pictured above) has announced that after seeing "the true power of education" he's giving up his tenured professor position to launch Udacity, an online learning platform that will use technology to provide a free, high-quality education to anyone. "There's no turning back. It's like a drug," Thrun said at Monday's Digital Life Design conference as he discussed how the AI class experience inspired him to educate the masses.