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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  1. identicon
    Edgardo, 30 Oct 2007 @ 11:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Not to mention... by Anonymous Coward

    "I think giving them laptops will do what has happened in western society...make them lazy and introverted as a mass. When the only thing standing between life or death of a village is children having the knowledge and work ethic to farm and make the required resources, then tell me how one laptop is going to help with that?"

    Why should they be condemned to stay in the "village" and be "farmers"? Why should they be on the other side of the digital divide?

    "Traditional" education as you say is very bad in poor countries, high tech alternatives could be a solid solution.
    I'm from PerĂº. And, although I live in Lima, I've been to the poorest andean villages. Technology would make a world of difference to them. It would make them part of, or at least open the door to, the possibility of discussing like we are doing here.

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