I think it's a stretch to claim that computers will completely replace traditional face-to-face classroom instruction.
I agree that they may not "completely" do so, dear Cadellin (peace to you!), but given what's happening at some of the Ivy League institutions (Stanford, NYU, UCLA, and others... who are expanding their online curriculums AND their attendance to include outside students), it certainly is trending toward replacing many... and, perhaps at some point, most.
I personally love the age of technology... although I'm not on the cutting edge... as it has made my own life much easier; however, as with anything else, there are costs, even considerable. Consider just the lost of jobs/industries as a result, for example just in the printing business: logging, milling, printing, binding, publishing, ink, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, delivery, fuel, tires, parts, clothing, housing, and much, much more. And books, magazines, newspapers, forms, book stores, newstands... libraries. And all that these once employed. Not that cutting back on paper is a BAD thing, but I'm just saying.
And the computer is one of the foremost things that has led to the high unemployment in this country: many folks have not kept up... and many business have gone extinct. There are 2-3 generations now that are about to be phased completely out of the workforce... because of technology and not keeping up... or working in businesses/industries that are no longer necessary. Anyone remember answering services?? Answering machines? How about printers (for things like letterhead, business cards, etc.). Beta/VHS/DVDs? Anyone remember Hollywood Video? What about film developing? And so on and so on. Heck, with thinks like lasik surgery, another 20-50 years and there go glasses.
Which is another reason why I chose to do law school: THAT industry ain't goin' NOWHERE - LOLOLOL! Even with all of the DIY forms and such, the lawyers aren't never going to let that industry die. Heck, they've all but run paralegals and document assistants out of town! LOLOL!
So, the knife cuts both ways... as technology always has. It virtually brought an end to the industrial age... which virtually brought an end to the agricultural age. And as technology advances... it does faster and faster.
I love it, again, because it has made MY life easier. But I am sure that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling, if not actually suffering... because they weren't able to keep up.
A slave of Christ,