"We aim to reach 100m-200m laptops in 2007", Mr Negroponte
said. Global laptop production is expected to total 47m units this
200m laptops for childs in countries like China, India, Brazil,
Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria and Thailand.
What does that mean?
It means the organizations that form and back the OLPC project are
commited to do something great for the education of the child in these
countries, where day-to-day high-quality scholarization is still
something to tackle.
It means that the UN won't be pushing to pour money to a project with
fuzzy lines that vaguely aims to strenghten the capital in the
Ministries of Education of these countries, but to put great learning
tools in the hands of child which have big energies, to learn and
discover by themselves, and little opportunities, to do so.
It also means to me that there will be a lot of computer companies
worried about what does this means to their businesses. I see it this
way: there are world-wide projects that nowadays are trying to
eradicate malaria from our world of developing countries (some of them
financed by foundations which money comes from a specially big
computer company). A lot of companies would be ready to tackle malaria
with their assets, but they don't do that, simply because there is no
money for them to do that. The OLPC project situation is similar.
So please, don't f*** this project up for the sole reason that you
(a) Don't understand what this project means to you
(b) Don't want to understand what this project means to you but you
are stubbornly afraid of things you don't understand
(c) You think you have a good bragging opportunity to guess what will
make this project fail
I personally think that if in 1 year we leave in a world where 200m
chinese, indian, brazillian, argentinian, egyptian, nigerian and
thailandese kids have that tool for them, this world will be much full
of hope that it those tools never reach their hands.
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