Top Global Thinkers 2012

The 100 Top Global Thinkers 2012 list from Foreign Policy has caught some academia attention because amongst the usual suspects (Bill & Melinda Gates, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama) is Sebastian Thrun. The name doesn't sound familiar? He is the founder of Udacity which pioneered the massive open online courses we now call MOOCs.

But MOOCs didn't get him on the list. It turns out that Thrun, a computer scientist from Palo Alto, made the list "for revving up the robot-car revolution. They say that his work to develop driverless vehicles might make him “the Henry Ford of a new era.”
No mention of Udacity or MOOCs.


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