One laptop per child part 2

November 22, 2005

Reported some time ago on the wonderfull if somewhat naively named ‘one laptop per child’ initiative set up by Nicholas Negroponte at the MIT. Now maybe you can remember the hype around e-machines, a sub $300 PC that was going to change the world. They made it, alright, but turned out to be just another clone and a shitty one as well; most internet cafe’s are installing them over here so we’re back to flickering 15″ screens and PC’s with so little memory they can’t even open IE twice without a good-ol-5-minute-disk-swap.

But the latest news coming from the UN Net Summit in Tunis is hopeful to say the least. It’s there (well, almost), with a launch date in the not too far future and filled to the rim with new, cutting edge and cost saving technology. So maybe not another e-machines fiasco?

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One Laptop Per Child

October 19, 2005

From an old email that’s circulating….

“If one would represent our entire planet’s population with a single village of 100 people, this village would be made up of 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans and 8 Africans. 52 would be female, 48 male. Only 30 would be white and 11 of the villagers would be gay. 6 people would own 59% of all the money and assets whereas 80 people would be homeless and 70 cannot read. 50, half of them, would depend on somebody else. One person would die but two new people will be born in the same time. One (1) would own a PC and again, only one person would have a degree of any kind.”

So initiatives like these, no matter how far fetched they might seem at first, can only be good news, no?