The $100 Laptop project demoed some final-ish models this week. I’ve mentioned this project, and it’s potential, before. Sell cheap laptops to poor schoolkids in developing countries, kill the digital divide. Very interesting, very cool.
You just give a kid a computer and expect them to learn? Yes, you do. When the computer is always available and forever patient, curiosity and socialization take over and do what a normal classroom can never achieve: self-motivated learning. The Hole in the Wall puts a computer into a hole in the wall of a poor third-world city. Their findings are startling and fascinating.
I’ve signed up to pay $300 for the $100 laptop (mentioned earlier here) that MIT is producing for the developing world. We only need ~99,000 more people to sign up to reach our self-determined tipping point. One sweet piece of kit for me, one for the kids, and $100 for the administrative overhead that changing the world requires.