Khan Academy Embraces BitTorrent

from the nice-to-see dept

We've written a few times before about the Khan Academy, the free online education resource, started by a former housemate of mine, that has turned into a powerhouse in the online education space. I had lunch with Sal a few weeks ago, and he's got some really fascinating things planned for Khan Academy that go way beyond what's there now. If you think it's disruptive to the educational space, you haven't seen anything yet. The latest move by the organization is to team up with BitTorrent to make it even easier and more efficient to spread the educational videos. They're doing this via the BitTorrent app studio platform, which is a development worth watching. The core of BitTorrent has always been the underlying infrastructure it provides, and the company is clearly moving towards enabling others to build a lot more on top of that infrastructure. As more and more people begin to realize the power of BitTorrent as infrastructure, we should start to see a lot more interesting apps come out of it. So this collaboration seems like good news for both sides, with two companies doing very interesting and disruptive things...


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    The eejit (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 2:42pm

    But you just KNOW that someone will try and kill it over a patent or something stupid like that.

    And the only people who win that one are the lawyers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:13pm

    The core of BitTorrent has always been the underlying infrastructure it provides

    Except they don't provide infrastructure, users do. BitTorrent as a protocol only presents that methods by which people can choose to share their internet connection and bandwidth.

    Sadly, Bit Torrent as a protocol is mostly used for less than legal purposes. I am sure your friends institute will reset the balance, once again turning the P2P arena into a nearly perfectly lawful way to do business.

    but but censorship!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:18pm

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      Yawn.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 7:06pm

      Re:

      Don't worry, P2P will be "perfectly lawful" in another 2 years, when yet another protocol or infrastructure comes along to make it obsolete.

      Remember kids, piracy knows how to change with the times!

       

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      JEDIDIAH, Feb 14th, 2011 @ 9:43am

      The man trying to keep a good protocol down...

      Yes. Let's continue to smear a perfectly good technology with FUD and make all of the claims about it a self-fulfilling as people are scared away from it for no good reason.

      Bit Torrent is nothing more than distributed (rather than centralized) distribution mechanism. If you have no problems with your stuff being copied, the DRM and lockdown provided by websites that use Flash are of no value and possibly a hinderance.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:23pm

    This has brought me much joy. Finlay real change.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:23pm

    This is news to which the RIAA/MPAA had to say, "KHAAAAAAAAN!!!"

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:35pm

    Perfect

    Online courses are a perfect fit for bittorrent. People are likely to keep them for at least a semester, which ensures a lot of seeders.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 3:49pm

    Somebody should contribute a patch to any subtitle editor to use voice synthesizers, basically it would be a SRT -> SABLE then people can translate it to many many languages automagically.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 4:48pm

    This is just incredible. I will ask my kids to take a look at this tonight.

     

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    Usha, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 7:17pm

    I can't open the webpages of Khan Academy. I suppose there is some problem in loading the page.

    What is everybody talking about??

     

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    Prashanth (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 7:27pm

    Woah, that's awesome news. When I first heard about Bill Gates praising it, I was a little skeptical because I thought it might lead to Microsoft having a stake in it and releasing videos in proprietary Microsoft formats like they did with the previously-archived Feynman lectures in physics (in Silverlight). Now, however, I know that Bill Gates was praising it as a parent of school-age children and wasn't subtly implying a future Microsoft takeover of sorts having been the former chairman and CEO; I think it's great that the Khan Academy is embracing a technology that is too often wrongfully called illegal for various reasons. Given that the Khan Academy has gotten very good press, hopefully BitTorrent will gain a better reputation among the wider media types through this collaboration.

     

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