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In the future

2012-02-29 21:10:46.237525+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-03-01 18:14:42.178903+00 by: Larry Burton

I'll agree with you when it comes to brick and mortar retail shops. I think online shopping is going to put an end to the big box shops leaving brick and mortar stores only able to survive if they provide some sort of personal interaction, whether that is hands on assistance in choosing merchandise or offering social interaction while you are there.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-03-01 00:24:02.064821+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm currently in (company internal) class, and I'm reminded of the things I hated about classroom study: things like domain specific definitions at odds with expert or general use of terms; the fact that even with interaction, I learn less well from lecture than I do from reading; things like that.

But I think the observation that all retail is headed towards coffee shops is spot-on, and reinforces what I've thought for a while. When bookstores need to special order everything I want to buy I'm no longer going there for the physical object, I'm going there for the personal interaction. As the human interaction with, say, K-Mart clerks becomes more annoying, there are going to be some cultural shifts that are going to be bad for various economic classes, and become a further problem with sales tax revenue.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-29 23:50:02.147655+00 by: Mars Saxman

Stanford, too. A bunch of my friends have been taking them.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-29 21:51:30.892997+00 by: Larry Burton

MIT offers free online courses? I need to find out more about those and what other schools offer them.