$100.00 Laptop

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  1. BBC Clicky

    It may not cure all the developing world's problems, but as part of a long term project to raise their capablity it's got to be a winner. I wonder which countries have bought it?
  2. I was about to post the thread, saw this instead, I think it is a very good idea, as everything is geared toward local costs, super fast PCs and laptops is ok if you have the power source and local computer fairs to go to for bits and printing ink etc
    all they have is what is around them. either in Peru or Africa
  3. I'm not sure it should be a priority, though.

    Africa surely has more fundamental problems than low internet usage...
  4. But like the inventor said, it's about education. There's plenty of money getting chucked at the short and middle term problems of the developing world. This is more along the lines of teaching a man to fish (or surf, at least).

    Get people educated and they stand a far better chance of feeding their families when they grow up. Oh, and far less chance of falling prey to extremism, incidentally.
  5. When this project appeared a couple of years ago I was somewhat dubious given that it was then going to use a proprietary operating system - giving it the same usefulness as an electronic toy

    From its specs now, it seems like a useful computer - it's use of a version of linux means that it should be able to run commerical programs.

    Here are the specs
  6. I went to school in the 1990s, and computers barely featured. Essays were handwritten, as were notes dictated by teachers. I dare say this is true of your education as well- and I don't think my quality of work suffered from lack of a Wikipedia to cut'n'paste notes from.

    I don't see why whiteboards and notepads can't play a similar role in the Third World as they did in Herts 10 years ago, and save money for things like, ooh, wells and sewerage and medicine- all the more basic things we have that they don't.

    p.s. I thought the internet facilitated jihadist extremism?
  7. Rumps

    This is not the 1990s, it is the 21st century. African countries are coming to the point where they are using computers regularly for many of the tasks that our companies do and so need a workforce that is computer literate. Giving these children a free computer will do that
  8. great, even more people with access to the internet to propogate 419 scams!
  9. All for it. As has been said already, it's teaching men to fish.

    I left school in the 80s at 16 with nothing, having concluded that the academic life was not for me. But since getting on the internet 6 years back I've discovered that I like to study, especially when you have the world's largest ever library at your fingertips. ****ing great, really.

    Of course there will be those who use it for porn - I did for the first few months but after having seen literally everything I got bored with that and moved on. For those who want an education there is no better tool.
  10. The internet can facilitate whatever the user wants, from donkey porn to religious extremism. If someone has a full belly, healthy kids and a chance to better themselves there's no real way we can stop them being an extremist if that's what they really want to be. But on average, I'd say it's a good deal less likely.
  11. The key thing about the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project is that, as Prof Negroponte says, it's an educational project, not a technology project. This is not well understood by the likes of Microsoft and Intel, who want a piece of the action, even though Microsoft, in particular, is singularly poorly qualified to take part in such a project, having its own agenda which is geared to ensuring a continuing revenue stream from Windows and Office.
    The XO laptop has been designed pretty well from scratch to be used by African/3rd World 5-year-olds as an educational tool. It can be used in bright sunshine, and is designed to be rechargeable without a standard power point. The networking and security models are quite radical, and designed, among other goals, to minimise the possibility of computer viruses and the like.
    I've been in the computer industry for over 30 years now, and I've become quite depressed at the deadening influence of the big players in the game, with their intellectual propoerty portfolios and their software patents (in the USA, at least). This project is like a breath of fresh air - it's designed to do good as its primary objective, rather than feed a bunch of fat cats while delivering a rubbish product to the masses.
    I very much hope the Microsofts of the world don't succeed in subverting/derailing it.
  12. Just out of interest who's paying?
  13. So far as I can tell, the countries themselves. Maybe they're doing it out of existing aid packages but there doesn't seem to be any new money coming from the UK, if that's what you're getting at.