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September 30, 2005

WiFi for the World's poor?

From the London Times...

THE world’s least sophisticated laptop computer was announced yesterday — and it runs by clockwork.

The machine, which will cost less than $100 (£56), is not aimed at the cutting edge of corporate calculation but instead is destined for the poor of the planet.

The inventor of the robust laptop hopes to distribute it to tens of millions of children throughout the developing world, helping to bridge the information gap between rich and poor.

One of its most useful features, the clockwork hand-crank, is based on the wind-up radio invented in Britain by Trevor Baylis more than a decade ago.

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs, believes that his cheap learning aid will be virtually indestructible. The idea came to him after he visited Cambodia and saw the effect that donated computers had on children.

Juts think of it...the children in third world nation can distract themselves from their bloated bellies, the flies buzzing around the feces infested hut, the government people who come by with guns and drag out their parents in the middle of the night because of a rumor that they may have whispered something negative about that nation's current dictator. Who cares if they don't have food or freedom; at least they'll have eMail...and that's the important thing, right?

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 30, 2005 05:47 AM

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Who cares if they don't have food or freedom; at least they'll have eMail...and that's the important thing, right?

Hey Mr Carlton, it works for Florida State, doesn't it?? What's the big deal.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at October 2, 2005 12:18 PM

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