"Centuries ago, being a Renaissance man was a pursuit preserved solely for the well to-do. It was only the upper-classes who could afford private tutors and expensive books. Today, happily, the spread of technology has placed the goal of being a true polymath within any person's reach. A citizen of the modern age can spend a lifetime educating himself on everything from philosophy and religion to cooking and music, all without ever spending a dime. In fact, Bill Gates recently predicted that in five years, people will be able to get a better college education online for free than at a traditional university."
I actually think Mr. Gates is five years behind the times.