Not sure when, but something like your idea should be realized in the next 20 to 50 years. Biggest thing holding it back is profit motive. Yes, there is an ideal which is realizable with today's technology. The issue is how to achieve the best of what is realizable profitably.
Education sector needs a shakeup.
In my plan private companies will create the apps for profit just as they do now with Apple, and the virtual university, whether one created by Apple or the federal government, will choose which ones to put on their site. People will pay say $1.89 to download each app. For example say Brigham Young University creates an amazing accounting 101 course and the virtual university chooses it for their website. Say it cost $800,000 to create the app. And first year alone it was downloaded and bought by a million users. That would make 1.09 million profit the first year alone. The virtual university could even take a small cut and use the revenue to subsidize less popular apps. The technology is there now and as you can see with the profit motive and free market this thing could be setup rather quickly.
26:30 Sec. Mabus wrote:
"DOD can and will serve as a transition agent. Moving this technology from R&D to practical application and development"