Price Of The $100 Laptop Going In The Wrong Direction

from the isn't-technology-supposed-to-get-cheaper? dept

I'll admit it. I've never quite understood the rationale behind the $100 laptop (or OLPC or whatever it's being called these days). Yes, it's a noble goal to get technology into the hands of people around the world with the hope that they can do something productive with it -- but a big top down attempt to build something without much actual user feedback seems destined to fail. At the same time, we've noted that the market seems to be doing a pretty damn good job on its own of driving the price of computers down such that a special project may not make as much sense. So it's a bit amusing to now find out that while computer prices are dropping the price of the "$100 laptop" keeps rising. In fact, the price is now $200 per laptop, showing a rather rapid climb. The $100 laptop was never actually $100. Back in February, project backers said it would be $150. In April, they bumped the price up to $176. Just two weeks ago, they said it would be $188... and now it's $200. And we thought technology was supposed to drop in price over time. Perhaps if they'd acted more like a startup from the beginning things would be moving in the right direction.

Filed Under: $100 laptop, nicholas negroponte, olpc


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    Jim the Generic Tech Guy #4, 30 Oct 2007 @ 11:36am

    Back to the drawing board, boys!

    The project from the start has been misguided. If you want to help these children, change the system that put them in such a horrible squalor in the first place. Help the parents of these children find decent, stable jobs without having to worry about being murdered or kidnapped on the way to work or school. Help the people of these nations reject leaders who take in money donated from overseas and keep it all for themselves while the people they lead are dying of diseases that western civilization wiped out over a century and a half ago. OLPC represents a significant advance in technology, and that's wonderful, but advanced technology doesn't put food on the table in the immediate sense. It also doesn't change the present situation for the people in this absolutely disgusting situation.

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