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
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Oct 2007 @ 4:15pm

    Re: Re: Back to the drawing board, boys!

    Get the parents jobs at the local factory?
    Who said anything about factories? Oh wait, you did.

    There is no local market or local factory.
    Then why are you going about them?

    If you're so concerned you should get off your butt and donate your money, or donate your time on a project like this.
    Why would I want to throw my money away on a foolish project? Fook that, you and the horse you rode in on. I'll make my contributions to worthwhile projects, thank you.

    Because unless you do you have no right to participate in any conversation regarding what "they" should or should not do with their resources.
    I have no right to my opinion? (unless I'm stupid enough to give money to your stupid project that is) Once again, fook you and the horse you rode in on. If your project is full of people like you then the sooner it fails the better.

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