Professor Sebastian Thrun quits Stanford to teach people

The text of his homepage today:
One of the most amazing things I’ve ever done in my life is to teach a class to 160,000 students. In the Fall of 2011, Peter Norvig and I decided to offer our class “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” to the world online, free of charge. We spent endless nights recording ourselves on video, and interacting with tens of thousands of students. Volunteer students translated some of our classes into over 40 languages; and in the end we graduated over 23,000 students from 190 countries. In fact, Peter and I taught more students AI, than all AI professors in the world combined. This one class had more educational impact than my entire career. Just watch this video.
Now that I saw the true power of education, there is no turning back. It’s like a drug. I won’t be able to teach 200 students again, in a conventional classroom setting. I’ve just peeked through a window into an entire new world, and I am determined to get there.
(and yes, I gave up my tenured position at Stanford)
I could not be more impressed with Sebastian.  From a story about this:

… the physical class at Stanford… dwindled from 200 students to 30 students because the online course was more intimate and better at teaching…”  
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