Educators and policymakers have long dreamed of providing universal, low cost, first-class higher education, says William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor. Their wish may come true soon thanks to an unlikely source: Silicon Valley. The mecca of the technology universe is in the process of revolutionizing higher education in a way that educators, colleges and universities cannot, or will not. One of the men responsible for what may be an Athens-like renaissance is Sebastian Thrun, Google’s vice president and pioneer in artificial intelligence and robotics. Known in science circles for his engineering feats — like Stanley, the self-driving car — Thrun is using his technological prowess to make quality higher education available to the world. I recently interviewed him on my radio show, “Morning In America.”

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