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The program is called the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Pilot ( ) and according to MIT President Charles Vest, it has the power to change the way we view and share information with the rest of the world.

"OpenCourseWare looks counter-intuitive in a market driven world. It goes against the grain of current material values. But it really is consistent with what I believe is the best about MIT. It is innovative. It expresses our belief in the way education can be advanced – by constantly widening access to information and by inspiring others to participate," said Vest.

In the near future, people around the world will be able to access MIT’s full range of courses. While they won’t have the degrees to show for it, the knowledge they gain could be put to good use in the fields of medicine, science, technology, social planning and education, to name just a few.

Going against the grain, MIT’s decision proves that the Internet, at 20, is finally starting to grow up.

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