Today Forbes posted a video of an interview with founder and chairman of Intuit Scott Cook. The video was taken at last year’s Techonomy conference in Tucson, AZ. The event focuses on the exponential growth of technology and draws entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and other innovators.
In his interview, Cook predicts that technology is going to revolutionize education in the same way it revolutionized the entertainment industry. He makes the point that “In 1900, a great way to die poor was to be an actor, a musician, or a ball player.” He goes on to point out that with the development of technology, entertainers are now some of the wealthiest people in the world because recording and distribution broadcast technology allows the entertainer to be viewed by a worldwide audience. As a result, the quality and quantity of entertainment we have access to is now greater because we’re no longer limited to entertainers who are only in our immediate vicinity.
Technology can revolutionize education in the same way, he says, by allowing the best educators to be accessible to all students. “I can see a day,” Cook says, “When there are non- and for-profit teachers who become famous just like entertainers, because they are the best in the world teaching what they teach, and they are viewed by people all over the world.”
What do you think of Cook’s theory? Watch his interview below and then sound off in the comments section!