Back in the 1980s, when personal computers first appeared on the market and people began plugging them into modems to communicate with other computers, there was a lot of excited talk about what this new "Information Age" would bring to us.
Some of the ideas were stupid even at the time: I recall that a selling point for early home computers was that they could be used to organize recipes and compose shopping lists. Organize recipes? I was not aware that disorganized recipes was a problem worth $1000 in 1980s money to solve. Shopping lists had to wait for pocket devices like the iPod or Blackberry, but recipes remain unorganized to this day.
Another big idea for the Information Age was that we would have access to school and college courses, making brick and mortar academies obsolete. That took a while to manage. "Distance Learning" began early on, but those pesky schools and professors did insist on being paid for their work, so most were subscription-based, or part of college tuition. Online encyclopedias and archives also demanded money -- which is why the error-riddled Wikipedia has become the resource of choice for everyone. It may be wrong, but it's free.
Well, now the Information Age has finally realized its potential. You can now take courses at MIT online, for free. So stop reading this, go follow the link, and get educated. Build your own damned flying car.