__/ [ Jerry McBride ] on Wednesday 09 August 2006 23:40 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Low-Tech OLPC Laptop Still a Marvel
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | By picking small-fry chip fabricators instead of Intel for the 500
>> | megahertz central microprocessor, the OLPC project has shunned the
>> | American industrial establishment, as it has since the project was
>> | introduced by Nicholas Negroponte at the World Economic Summit in
>> | Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 28, 2005.
> You know... this is fantastic stuff and I hope it goes well. But I can't
> help but wonder if the money could be spent better on stuff like, food,
> medicine or security.
> Yeah, I'm jaded. But I can't help but imagining the image of some starving
> kid, in a place with no electricity, running water or food busy hacking his
> new laptop... It just doesn't fit...
> But that said, it's whay cool. I wonder how long it will be, before the
> laptops start turning up elsewhere.
I guess it's a matter of teaching a man to fish so he can feed himself, for
life. It's a long-term investment. Think, for example, about giving pennies
to a homeless man rather than offering the guy a job and some shelter.
The laptop is intended to bring education that increases one's product from
the crops, helps birth control and so forth. As a first step, that is.
Don't forget that the OLPC project is aimed at countries and continents other
than Africa. Hunger is not the pressing issue everywhere.
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