Posted on November 20, 2007
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Many scoffed when Stanford . It seemed odd to some that a prestigious university which has produced some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology innovators, including the founders of Google, would offer such a course. But Stanford has proven once again that its campus is nothing less than a primordial soup for technology innovation. One of the Facebook applications developed by students in the course has passed the .
Stanford’s students have not only proven an uncanny ability to produce Facebook applications that are useful and add value to daily life, but have also proven that the next generation of computer science graduates from top United States universities are indeed prepared to continue carrying the torch of innovation.
- KissMe is helping make the world a better place by enabling you to “share your affection with friends, significant others, mistresses, and secret admirers by sending them a virtual kiss.” It does warn that physical results are not guaranteed, which is probably especially true if you’re a Ph.D. computer science candidate at Stanford and haven’t made your first billion yet.
- Send Hotness enables you to “tell your friends you think they’re hot.” This is especially useful if you’re a Freshman and a bit “soft.”
Other innovative applications created with the support of $30,000+ per year tuitions include Get Wasted, Pickup Truck, MatchMaker, Cooties and Wall of Shame. Incidentally, they should be used in that order to ensure maximum results.
I am pleased that one of the top universities in the United States has once again elevated itself to a new level in the realm of innovation. Coupled with the superb crop of multitalented US Rhodes Scholars this year, including a “nationally competitive ultimate Frisbee player,” I have decided to reverse my position on America’s youth. I will be selling my euros, sterling pounds and shares in foreign oil and industrial companies tomorrow morning. Innovation, led by university courses that challenge our students to change the world one Facebook application at a time, is still alive and well in the United States, particularly in Palo Alto.Print This Post