Thursday, November 17, 2005

MIT's $100 laptop

I have been following this story for a long time, so it feels good to see pictures of a mock-up unit in the news today. The unit will only be made available to schools and NGOs, but I have a few suggestions:
  • Have a program where people can purchase 10 units for donation to schools in poor countries (or their own country for that matter). Kids getting the units could optionally get a picture of the donor's family so they know who gave them the computer. Donors would receive one machine for themselves for 'geek value'.
  • Computer geeks could purchase a unit for software development testing, or whatever, for double the price, plus shipping so one extra student would also get a computer.
Universal improvement in education will help make the world a better place, for sure.

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