by Timothy Lee
Wed, Jan 2nd 2008 1:57pm
from the but,-of-course dept
by Timothy Lee
Tue, Nov 27th 2007 12:46am
from the misplaced-priorities dept
It also appears that Negroponte is still bitter at Intel for introducing a competing low-price laptop. His angst seems rather misplaced. The goal is to get laptops into the hands of poor kids. If that goal is being accomplished, it doesn' really matter whose laptop ends up being the most popular. Poor countries have as much right to seek the best products they can get as anyone else. Intel has apparently used its considerable engineering resources to produce an attractive alternative to the XO. If third-world governments choose Intel's laptop over his own, Negroponte should be congratulating them for helping achieve the goal of universal laptop ownership, not griping about the fact that his product didn't make the cut. Besides, it's a big world. There are thousands of different computer models being sold in the developed world. Why would anyone think that a single laptop could possibly meet the needs of hundreds of millions of poor kids?
from the soft-bigotry-of-low-expectations dept
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Oct 30th 2007 9:51am
from the isn't-technology-supposed-to-get-cheaper? dept
from the walk-before-you-run dept
Until recently, OLPC has pursued the opposite strategy, trying to sell its laptops in batches of a million to third-world governments while working to prevent individuals from buying them. Not only is it difficult to convince a poor nation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on computers, but such a top-down approach almost guarantees they won't be used effectively because, as we've said before, simply giving kids laptops won't do much without proper support. Apparently, the OLPC project only conducted their first focus group with American kids last month, and a focus-group interview is a far cry from seeing the laptops used in a real classroom for an entire school year. So here's a suggestion: OLPC should distribute some laptops to poor kids in its own backyard, in Boston. The laptop has gotten glowing reviews from the few American kids who've gotten to try them, so distributing a few thousand laptops to poor American kids should generate additional buzz for the project. Only after they've worked out all the kinks in small-scale trials does it make sense to approach cash-strapped third-world governments and ask them to place seven-figure orders.