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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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The Pillars of MIT: Innovation, Radical Meritocracy, and Open Knowledge

The Pillars of MIT: Innovation, Radical Meritocracy, and Open Knowledge

(p.157) 14 The Pillars of MIT: Innovation, Radical Meritocracy, and Open Knowledge
Is the Universe a Hologram?

Hal Abelson

Adolfo Plasencia

The MIT Press

In this dialogue, Hal Abelson the acclaimed professor, scientist and distinguished member of MIT CSAIL, and co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET), firstly discusses the potential of the digital revolution and Internet. He talks about the reasons that led him to initiate Creative Commons (Abelson was also involved with the start up of MIT OpenCourseWare, Public Knowledge, the Free Software Foundation, and the Center for Democracy and Technology). He then describes in detail the MIT model. On the one hand it is based on not making distinctions between teaching and research, and on the other it focuses on radical meritocracy, which gives rise to a culture of open exchange and openness. He moves on to explain details of the philosophy behind the prestigious MIT Course 6, which uses semiconductors to bring together the physical side of electrical engineering and the logic side of IT, thereby generating a range of innovative interactions. He finally talks about the foundations of leadership which MIT have laid and continue to maintain in education and innovation.

Keywords:   Academic freedom, Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier, Creative Commons, Free Software Foundation, Open knowledge sharing, Digital revolution, Digitalization, Meritocracy, MITUPV Exchange, OpenCourseWare

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