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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    Falindraun, 30 Oct 2007 @ 2:05pm

    Just a few problems.

    i have always thought this is a bad idea from the start.

    1. Somehow some sort of 'instant messaging' program is going to find its way onto these computer's (weather they want it to or not). Can we say Pedophiles, cause that is the last thing in the world those kids need right now is to worry about some pedophile trying to snatch them up.

    2. What happens when the computer gets a virus or has some sort of other standard computer malfunction. How much is tech support going to cost them?

    3. A $200 lap top is most likely the last thing on the mind of third world countries. More pressing concerns such as clean food and clean water in adequate amounts for their families.

    4. Medical attention. These people need medical attention and supplies as well as soap and water to bathe in.

    I would say until after these problems are dealt with, the entire project should be scraped.

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