Daphne Koller, the co-founder of Coursera, a leading platform for Massive Open Online Courses, says free online education has the potential to promote world peace and solve global challenges.
Koller is a "pioneer in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence, she is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Her myriad awards and achievements include the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Computer and Thought Award in 2001; a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2004; and the Association for Computing Machinery-Infosys Foundation Award in 2008. She was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011."
"The majority of Koller’s hourlong lecture at Northeastern focused on the benefits of free online learning, but she began by underscoring the cost of higher education, which increased more than 550 percent between 1985 and 2011. “Many,” said Koller, “find higher education increasingly out of reach.”
See video of 1-hour lecture given by Koller in April 2013 at Northeastern University. Photo is of Koller with Northeastern President Joseph Aoun.